Monday, May 21, 2007

Trucks, Bikes, and Planes


Honest, This is straight off the camera!

Hi all,
Well, I have been away from blogging for almost three weeks. Mostly, I have been shuttling back and forth to Tucson attending to family issues. Last week’s trip to Tucson brought the joy of driving a 16-foot truck 900+ miles helping Amy and Jon move to their new home in Tucson. We had an enjoyable time riding down the open road; our caravan of the truck and two cars. Want to get away from it all? Try Highway 95 south out of Las Vegas. It took 215 songs in my Ipod to get to Tucson!


Cruisin Down '95

Of course, on the last day on the way to the airport, I made an obligatory stop at Ajo Bikes. They have a fine selection of ‘Bents, and I almost never fail to make a stop and try out something new.
This trip’s test ride was a Rans V26. What a different feel from the Little Red Barcroft! Big and long, it was a very nice riding bike, but the body position was so different from my current ride. I can see why the bike is built for the long haul. The bike I rode also had “chopper” bars set way up high. Not functional in that position, but a lot of fun in any case.

A Big Bike! Check out those Choppers!
I also rode a little Breezer folder. Well used, and on the cheap, it was a new experience, too. I mentioned to the employee that it was kinda twitchy; he responds: “Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, the cranks are bent.” Oh. That explains it!

While I was browsing, I “picked out” a few used models to bring home with me. (Of course, I didn’t spend any money, but it was fun anyways) I picked out a Cycle Genius Sparrow for Kathy; a Rans CF Cruz for me; and a nice CatTrike Trike for Jon. Now, if they will all fit in my carryon luggage, I am all set!

A cute Cycle Genius for Kathy
A nice view from the ramp at TUS
And finally, this morning, I mailed my registration for the Bryce Canyon 200 Km Brevet on June 9th. June will be a heavy month of long rides, with the MS-150 miler on June 23/24. If you would like to sponsor me on the MS-150 and help with the fight against MS, please drop me a note here and I will get in touch with you.

See you down the road,
Jim

1 comment:

King Peppy Cheese IV said...

That picture of you and the RANS is nice, but check out that hot car in the background. Thats a sweet whip, yo.