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October 25, 2018

5,000 miles so far in 2018

Sunrise

Sunrise

Last year I decided to set a goal of 5,000 miles for the year of 2018. This required a minimum of 417 miles every month and was significantly higher than the 385 miles/month I had accomplished in 2017. Still, having set plenty of new personal cycling records the last 5 months of the year I was fairly confident I could accomplish my goal.

Today, October 25th, my ride home completed 5,000.7 miles ridden since January first of 2018. 297 days into the year with 67 days remaining. That means I am 921 miles ahead of where I need to be. I’ve ridden 6,014 miles in the past 12 months (with October still unfinished), down from my peak in September of 6,238 miles in 12 months. Last year I rode a then record setting 605 miles in October, and both November and December cleared 500 miles. I’m not sure I care to repeat that as the cold weather has started early this year and I have other projects that need attention. If I did pull close to 500 miles for the next two months, I could clear 6,000 miles for the year which is an average of 500 miles/month. Not sure about that, but I do see another number. In the last two years I have cycled 9,626 miles. I should, without too much effort, be able to push that to 10,000 miles before years end. My 3 year total is 13,132 miles, and my 5 year total is 15,312 miles.

   Tonight Pokie and I tried making a casting of my arm.  The idea was to have something I could make a mold out of to cast some zombie arms.  So with my hot weather riding shirt that has no sleeves, cheese cloth, and a flour/water/glue mix we set about covering my arm.  A little Star Trek to pass the time and I had a casting.  We'll see if it works out.
Steve and Lydia

Steve and Lydia

   Spent the day at the Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard with Mary, Noah, Lydia, and Steve.  One of the colder visits this these places, but I dressed for the cold and enjoyed myself nonetheless.  Always festive to see pumpkins and farm animals, and have a slice of warm apple pie with hot apple cider.
First Snow

First Snow

   It started snowing this morning and we had some accumulation.  Temperatures were around 38°F/3°C and thus too warm to stay.  Still, this is one of the earilist snow accumulations I've seen.  Furies this time of year are not uncommon, but build up is.  This October has been rather strange.  We have had days in the 80s nearly setting records, and freezing a few days after that.  Overall the month has been cooler than average, and a lot more wet.
   Windy day and I was hoping the forecast would be correct and that I would have a tailwind on the way home.  It was not.
   Yesterday on my ride home from work I broke a shift cable.  Oddly I was already on my way to the bike shop because I was pretty sure my chain was shot.  I got there just before they closed, but they got a new cable on so I was able to get home.  Today I returned and had my chain and cassette replaced.  I think the last time I did this was in mid May.  I've ridden about 3,000 miles since then.  Generally I can tell when the chain is done for because I cannot keep the bike in gear.  I started noticing that last month sometime and it has slowly been getting worse.  The guys at the shop tell me it isn't too common for people to go through a chain in 4 months.  I don't buy cheap equipment, but I put on a lot of miles and haul a lot of weight.