64 deg f
25 miles

Today was a nice day for a bike ride, so I took one.
I rode to Linden and stopped at Kim's and checked my phone and saw that Roger had called so I called him back. Roger said he wanted to ride and that he would come to Kims. I probably would have ridden back home and gotten 16 miles but since Roger showed, with his inspiration I got in 25, thanks Roger.
This weather we're having is unbelievable for January and February and I'm loving it.

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49 deg f
25 miles

Went to the gym this morning, that's always fun, little exercise and a lot of visiting and drinking coffee.

In the afternoon I met Jerry and Roger in town for ride, really nice day, full sun and about 49deg and a little north wind, getting a bit tired of that north wind.
After we all did an 8 mile loop we had coffee and visited and then I rode home.
Seems like I'm drinking a lot of coffee and doing a lot of visiting.

I found this funny.

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49 deg deg f
17 miles

We really are having some nice weather for riding. I rode to Linden today and called Jerry to see if he wanted to join me but he was walking, he let me know where he was and I saw him on my way home.
A nice ride but that North wind was pretty brutal, I don't like the wind.

Just before I ran into Jerry I passed this pasture and this black and white cow comes trotting out to the fence just like a dog, what a friendly cow, Jerry just had to scratch his head.

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74 deg deg f

This morning I went to the gym, then Chinese. After I got home I decided to change the chain on my bike, I've been wanting to do this.
I got her changed but I may get a new cassette to match new chain, not a major expense.
Good Day.

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57 deg f
40 miles

I'm really thankful for this nice weather in January, 57 degrees today with full sun and a South wind, just had to go for a ride.

I met up in town with Jerry, Roger, John and Rodney about 1:30pm for a 24 mile loop, this would give me 40 miles with the added miles to my house and back.

The Old Men ruled the day, left the young guns wondering how they do it. Roger was feeling good today and spent quite a bit of time on the front, I did my share and then Jerry would kick in with an interval ever once in a while.
Unfortunately Rodney had a low tire and had to stop a couple of times for air, luckily that was the only mechanical we had. Coming in to Linden on the home stretch Jerry kicked it in and was maintaining 25 mph avg and I was just hanging on and then came the hills, I went on to Linden.

We had a good time today, playing racer, throwing out a few challenges, I sang a few songs, all in all a good day on the bike.

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50 deg f
30 miles

Jerry and I got together for a ride today. We met up in Linden at Kim's, the weather was really nice, 50 deg, full sun and light to no wind.
All kinds of road today which made for an interesting ride.
After our ride we stopped at the Linden Fuel Center for a cup of coffee and a little socializing.
Returned home and took Chichi and Killer for a walk around the trail on my property and then I called it a day.

We'll be out riding tomorrow since the weather is suppossed to be even better than today.

This one is great, Tina Fey doing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

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54 deg f

This morning I went to the Gym and then in the afternoon I watched stg 3 of the "Tour de San Luis.

Video of todays stage, stage 3, below.

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54 deg f
37 miles

Me. Jerry and Roger got in a good ride today.
We met up at Red Hill at 1pm with temps about 52 degrees, it warmed to about 54 degrees. We rode to Almira and then to Marietta where we stopped for a break at Mimi's Restaurant.
When we left Mimi's we headed to Douglasville, nice road with just a bit of a headwind. Just before we reached Douglasville we stopped at the entrance to a County Road so I could gift everybody a milky way. While sitting here I asked if everyone wanted to take the County Road and everyone agreed so off we went.

The County Road was a lot of fun even tho it turned to gravel after a couple of miles. We came upon this field with a horse and her cute colt, I stopped to get a photo, after photo I looked around and standing right next to me was a Big, Muscled up Pitbull, I'm sure glad he was friendly, he could have easily taken my leg off. The dog ended up following us for a couple of miles, never making a sound, just happily following along, beautiful dog.

We finally got back to pavement, hwy 8 and headed back to Red Hill, and then I rode on to the house while Jerry and Roger took the truck to Linden.

A really fun ride, a little exploring really adds to the ride.

I ended up getting 37 miles, nice day.

In the "Tour de San Luis" in Argentina my boy Sagan took second on the second stage, I really hope he has a great year, one heck of a rider and person.

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54 deg f
30 miles

Today I met up in town with Jerry, Rodney and John for a rideabout.
We had a nice ride with some backroads, nice and traffic free and then some regular more trafficked roads.
No dogs today on the ride, better than the other day when I had to kick a dog in the face 3 times before he finally backed off.
After the ride we had coffee and visited at Kims convenience store.

For all of you who like pro racing the "Tour de San Luis" starts today in Argentina, Sagan will be present.

Our first ride in NE TX will be the "Freeze Your Fanny" ride in Longview on the 6th of February, the Old Boys of Linden will be there, hope to see you there too.

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64 deg f
24 miles

So far winter has been kind. Today Jerry and I did a 24 mile ride and the weather was really nice, 64 deg, Sun and light wind.

I've cancelled the party in Jamaica for all my friends since I didn't win the Powerball Lottery. It was going to be a grand time, first class tickets for all my friends, rent a whole Hotel and have the Eagles play, maybe next time.

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40 deg f
31 miles

It's feeling a little more like winter here in NE Texas but with the sunshine today was a really nice day for a bike ride.
The temperature for rodays ride was 40 deg, cool for us Tx boys.
We had a nice group show up and the ride was really enjoyable and we ended up at Kims for coffee, except for Roger, his wife had things for him to do, I guess there are advantages to being single.

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68 deg f
33 miles

What a fun Historic ride today.
Roger and I rode up to Douglasville today and then decided to ride on north to the bridge over Lake Wright Patman. We've had quite a bit of rain lately and consequently the lake is at record levels.
Below is a photo of the water actually touching the bridge, usually the water is about 15 or 20 feet below the bridge.

After checking out the water level at the bridge Roger and I decided to do some exploring.
On the way to the lake we had passed a couple of turnoffs and Roger commented on the fact that down one of these roads there used to be a big Lodge with swimming pool and even an airstrip. I've lived here since 79 and have been by here many times but hadn't heard of the place, so we decide to explore. We entered the gate to the drive which went to the old "Kickapoo Lodge." The drive was grown over, not much traffic, we rode on until we finally came to the lake and where the Lodge used to be.
It had been a long time since Roger had been here and he couldn't remember much about it, all he seemed to remember was that at one time there were a lot of good looking ladies here.
We preceeded to look around and all there was were old foundations and the remaining floor of what used to be the lodge.
As we were checking the place out I couldn't help but think about all the stories this place could tell, it seemed to have a certain energy to it, I was really enjoying myself. We also saw the old Airstrip, apparently was meant to serve the upper class, fly in for a visit.

Below are some photos of what's left of the Kickapoo Lodge.

In this pic you can see some of the old floor tile in the bottom center of pic

After our visit of the site we got on our bike and decided to explore some more backroads near the Lodge site. We took one dirt road all the way down to the lake and that's were we ran into Rogers Step PaPa, not surprising, Roger knows just about everyone in the county and is related to at least half of them. We asked PaPa about the Lodge and he did know about it and had been to it. He informed us that the probable cause of its demise was the fluctuating water levels of the lake, which at times of low water would leave a large muddy beach in front of the lodge instead of the nice beach enjoyed at high water times.

So the Lodge went from a grand idea, a good spot to eat and party to what is rumored to be a House of Ill Repute and it is also rumored that in the later days the airstrip was used for a few drug runs, until the Corp of Engineers did a little work on the airstrip to make it inoperable.

So we finally made our way out of the backroads and back to Hwy 8 and headed to the casa, what a fun time and we got in about 30 miles on the bikes.

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58 deg f
25 miles

Today was a beautiful day in January for a bike ride, 58 degrees and clear blue sky, there was a little north wind but you can't have everything.

I met up with Jerry, Roger and Rodney at Kims in Linden and then we headed north toward Almira. We immediately felt that North wind on our way out of town. Jerry took the lead and after about 2 miles he stopped to check and see if his breaks were dragging, no Jerry, it's just the wind. When we reached Almira we turned east and from then on it was clear sailing except for climbing Thompsons Bluff which is always fun, Roger mentioned the time that Charmane was feeling Spunky and did the Bluff twice and I was stupid enough to follow her, hope she rode today.

So far 2016 has been a good one, good riding weather and I'm taking advantage of it because conditions will probably change.

I need to do some bike maintenance but I'm enjoying riding to much to take a day off, oh well, I'll get it done.

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48 deg f
25 miles

Getting the new year started off right, got in another ride today, 25 miles.
Roger and Jonathan joined me for the ride today, we rode the Marietta rollercoaster and JonJon decided it wasn't a good idea to take a couple of months off the bike, I'm going to have to call him a bit more often. We had a good time and I've decided that 50 degrees ain't bad riding weather, even with clouds.

Hope everyone plans on doing the Freeze Your Fanny ride on February 6th in Longview, always a good way to start off the new year.

Getting a good start in life

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48 deg f
31 miles

Happy New Year to everyone, I hope everyone has a Healthy and Happy New Year.

This past year was a good one for me no major health issues and I managed to get in 5,309 miles on the bike.
We had a lot of good rides and I hope we can repeat of bunch of them in 2016, starting with the Freeze Your Fanny in Longview on February 6th.

Whatever we do on the first day of the New Year is what we will do all year long, so I'm going for a bike ride, no house cleaning.

Thanks to all my friends for helping make 2015 a good one, hope we all have a great 2016.
< br>Got in a 31 mile ride, Roger joined me for 14, felt fine at 48 deg and cloudy.

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