Tuesday, April 3, 2012

30 Days of Biking: Day 3

Theme for the day: One should heed one’s own advice.

My own bridge over troubled waters. 
This morning I decided to set off for the post office. I had a postcard to mail and I thought it would be a nice trip. I made it to the post office and then I was feeling so good that I decided to take a longer trip home. So instead of going straight up Kumquat I decided to take Egret to a different trial. That was possibly a mistake.  The detour across HWY 10 went fine and I made it up the trail and back across 10, but then trouble arose. 

I went north on the trail that links to the trail I usually take and at first all was going well. But then I thought to myself, "Hmmm....this trail is really messy. All those sticks and such might not be good for that bad tire..." And don’t ya know it was then that I heard a swishing sound and then a hissing sound and that was all she wrote. Sally’s bum tire blew! I stood there for a few seconds in disbelief. Some wild solutions came to my head, but there really wasn't much I could do except start walking. 

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(I actually went through the parking lot to the an unlisted trail in Erlandson Park. 
That is where I encountered the bridge shown at the top of the post.) 

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(Again one can walk through Woodview Park.)

So walk I did. In the end I rode Sally about 6 miles and pushed her for about 2 miles. I know, I know. I said that I should stay closer to home. At least I wasn’t 5 miles away! (I would really have been complaining if I had still been in Erlandson Park.) I am not really sure what I am going to do about tomorrow.

Falls under the railroad bridge on my walk home. 


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry to read about your misfortune today! You were feeling so good and your trip started very well, hence I really understand your frustration.

    Though I hope this mishap will not throw you off the track, but you will be able to repair Sally soon - and then you can continue to explore your vicinity by bike again! Good luck and all my best wishes!

  2. I am so glad that the blown tire to happen further out than 2 miles. Sheesh! It looks and sounds like you made the best of it though. I hope that you can get Sally's tire patched so that you are back on the road again tomorrow.

  3. At least you had some nice scenery, right?