Monday, May 30, 2005

spring has sprung and the new mofo...

tiptoeing through the tulips...


tiptoeing through the tulips...in "discovery ridge"


the original.

a new mofo...

i'm knackered today. 3 big bike rides in 3 consecutive days, culminating in a monster ride through west calgary yesterday with the bikeclub. details can be found here.

i clocked 72 clicks. that's pretty far for an early season ride. we even conquered a "new" mofo hill. that being the access road from wildwood down to edworthy park. i'd rank it as a moderate gradient but the shear length of it means an upgrade to mofo status.


soapydave at the top of the edworthy mofo... dave, crank that sucka...!!!! more photos at www.thinsoapy.com/bikeclub

long day though. 1030 to 2100h. thank god we take alot of breaks... felt ok, after a couple of cokes and german weenies at dave and gina's...

funny thing happened on the way to the safeway...

unfortunately, i lost my riding gloves yesterday. dillan and i stopped by the spot where i thought i lost them to have a look. nodda. zip.

dave and gina had gone ahead to safeway to buy dinner. we arrived too late to meet them. they had boogied it outta there.

we were talking about how kelsey, the qtlibrarian, never comes out biking with us... she's always talking about how she could kick our arses with her road bike...

waiting outside safeway, a metallic greenish bmw drives by and a girl in the passenger seat waves at us (well, i thought it was meant for dillan).

i turned to him and said, "did you see that? that girl just waved at you... you lucky dog. who was that?"

"dunno..."

we gave up on dave and gina and proceeded to 14th St. and 90th Ave.

our conversation went back to the qtlibrarian. "we're losers. that's why she doesn't come out..."

dillan: "no, i'm the loser here..."

bubba: "no, i'm the loser..."

so on and so forth... a typical bubba/dillan dialogue.

we were waiting at the light to cross 14th. i spotted the same beemer.

bubba: "she's there again..."

dillan: "where...?"

bubba: "crank your head to the left and she'll wave at you..."

the light turned green and the beemer sped by. the girl waved. we waved back. it was the qtlibrarian!!!! ha!

note to qt: did you streak your hair? who was that guy? are we losers? you looked hot in that beemer...

biking suggestion...

over the weenie roast dave and gina came up with a brilliant idea. calgary has an outstanding bike path system, but if you wanted to commute by bike, this city sucks. they suggested that one of the elbow drive lanes either way be converted to a bike/bus/multi-passenger car lane. brilliant idea...

i don't think "pave" bronconnier would be amenable to the idea though. the guy's a total suburbanite. why buy a couple of buckets of paint for a bike lane, when you can build a $100 million interchange?

i think we should bombard "pave" with correspondence re: more bike lanes on the roads!!!! bikes rule... c'mon lets exercise our people power!!!

E-mail pave bronconnier:

themayor@calgary.ca

Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and telephone number in your e-mail.

Phone pave here: (403) 268-5622

Fax pave here: (403) 268-8130

or better yet:

mail pave here: Office of the Mayor, The City of Calgary, P.O. Box 2100, Station M, Calgary AB T2P 2M5.

9 comments:

Louise said...

Actually, I think the bike path system in Calgary isn't that bad.
Because in Taiwan, we don't have. If you do want to bike, only in public park beside main road and very dangerous..Most people here rather driving scooter instead.

qtlibrarian said...

see my blog for my reply.

dean said...

Oh my God, I second that Louise! Riding a bike in Taiwan would probably be considered suicide.

Isn't Kelsey supposed to be in T.O.? I'll read her blog....

I just discovered last week my bike was stolen out of my backyard. Woohoo! Gives me an excuse to buy a REAL bike.

bubba said...

hi louise,

unfortunately the automobile is king in calgary. but we're trying to change it just a little. it'd be fun to have a scooter for a few months of the year...

bubba said...

dean,

too bad about the bike... a real bike shouldn't set you back too much. buy a good one. should last you many years. besides, if you're free on weekends (mostly sundays) you can ride with bikeclub. hell, you can ride to work!

soapyDave said...

gina just got a new bike, for just over $500, and it's light and built for the kms (she's piling them on commuting with it).

soapyDave said...

funny thing about that hill i'm climbing there - today i walked gina's bike to the truck (she forgot her keys so i had to pick her up) anyway while walking the bike to the truck i noticed her speedo was reading the same speed as when i was climbing that mofo!

dean said...

I'd love to buy a good bike. I don't plan on buying a car anytime soon. A bike would be ideal.

Bike club eh? Love to, just no free time. Why don't you go ask Kelsey?

soapyDave said...

kelsey's in