Day’s Verse:
Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
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Celtic Cross 2Yesterday I rode 52 miles and stopped once, for about 5 minutes, to eat an energy bar and stretch a little bit. In that time, some intrepid mosquito bit me smack on the right butt-cheek. I have to give the mosquito credit for biting through my clothes (although through thin, skin-tight spandex isn’t quite as impressive as, say, through a T-shirt) and for being Johnny-on-the-spot, but seriously. One stop in 3.5 hours, and in that 5-minute interval I get bitten — and in a place I can’t even scratch without receiving scandalized looks! Applying After Bite presents some interesting logistical issues, too.

On the bright side, I got to see lots of gorgeous, rural, wooded back-roads Massachusetts on this ride. This year I’m venturing into the much smaller, often unlabeled maze of residential back-roads that I assiduously avoided last year. The difference: This year I have a GPS that we can map the route on. It has a huge arrow that points in the direction I’m supposed to be heading, and it tells me if I miss a turn or something. The system does have some frustrating flaws (bad maps are one; I just haven’t wanted to spend the money to buy a good Topo map for my GPS for this area, but I should. Maybe I should ask for one for my birthday, although I admit that’s a little last-minute), but it still beats printing out detailed sections of Google Maps, highlighting the route, and then having to stop and puzzle over each intersection. Not only do I know I’m on the right road, but I don’t have to worry about my maps getting wet and becoming incomprehensible blurs of ink.

While I’m on the topic of cycling — which I know you all LOVE to read about ever so much — a couple other things are happening that I’m really looking forward to. First, I’m taking a cycling skills class with the Framingham REI. A bit of their blurb:

If you’ve been riding for a while, you feel comfortable with your bike and you want to take your cycling performance to the next level, join our expert road cycling instructors as we teach you to refine your technique, work on cadence, and climb hills on some great local rides. We’ll build on the skills you’ve learned in Introduction to Road Cycling with more practice and longer distance.

…Take skills to next level in shifting, pacing, bike handling. Experience breakthrough technique with other riders. Work on cadence, longer distances and faster speeds.

That’s on May 30. Then I’m signed up for a Traffic Skills 101 class with MassBike on June 7. Their not-so-informative blurb:

Traffic Skills 101 (an on-bike class, 8 hours Prerequisite: Intro to Bicycling Skills. Formerly known as Bicycling Skills 101, this class is the equivalent to the former Road 1 course from the League of American Bicyclists):

Designed for adults who are intermediate or advanced cyclists, this is the. Recommended for adults and children above age fourteen.

I’m really excited about this class because it’s the first step towards becoming a League of American Bicyclists League Cycling Instructor, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. LCIs teach bike education classes to help new cyclists build confidence and ride safely and legally. I love to talk about cycling and I’d like to help people build confidence in riding on the road; I want to help ease friction between cyclists and motorists, and I think educating cyclists on their responsibilities (no it’s NOT a good idea to ride against traffic!!!!!!1) will help facilitate that.

KF quality

One thought on “Mosquito Bites and Bike News

  1. I think it’s great that you are taking your cycling hobby and putting it to such good use with the goal of teaching others!

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