Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fort Worth HOG- Cranfills Gap, June 2014

A few weeks back we took a group ride with our HOG Chapter. We were sitting at home bored, I didn't have a ride planned, and Margaret wanted to ride. She was pushing me to come up with a destination but I didn't want to have to think, lead, make decisions on turns or food. Sometimes you just want to ride without taking responsibility for other riders.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dehydration While Riding

Being well into June 2014 I thought it might be a good idea to address dehydration while riding. Temperatures are already hitting the high 90's and the heat is quite noticeable while riding. The sun is beating down on your body from above, the engine heat is baking you from below, and during all of this your body is sweating to stay cool by releasing water. As the body uses that water it needs fluid replenishment. I have personally witnessed people in the horrible condition of dehydration while riding. It's not a pretty sight and can be dangerous to the point of hospitalization or even death if a rider doesn't address the possibility with preventative measures.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Talimena Scenic Byway May 2014

We had been planning to ride the Talimena Scenic Byway for months and finally found a good time to do it. Memorial Day weekend provided us with a three day weekend that was perfect for the ride. Margaret reserved a room for us a couple weeks in advance so we wouldn't have any issues trying to find a place for the night. As Saturday approached though we began seeing an increase for the chance of rain. We became disheartened late Friday evening when the chance for rain in Mena, AR was showing 50%. Since the reservation was already paid for we reluctantly made the decision that we would just drive instead. We stopped packing our bikes and bags and went to bed. Were early risers because of my long work commute everyday so at about 5:30 am I pulled up the weather report and now it was only showing a 30% chance of rain for the day and only for a short time in the afternoon. It took some persuasion but Margaret finally agreed to make the ride instead of driving under threat that I would be in serious trouble if we got caught in a thunderstorm.

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