Thursday, July 14, 2011

Honor America’s Heroes
Bicycle Across America
Summer 2011—One Fire Station at a time
Day 3 - Afternoon Edition
The Gold Country Bicycle Tour
Folsom, California

June 18, 2011 -- Saturday afternoon.
"A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there." H. Stanley Judd

Here are lessons I learned today: When you come to the fork in the road, DON'T TAKE IT! And, if you map out a good route, STICK TO IT!

I made the choice in Folsom to change my route. Long story shortened, it was a mistake that detracted from the quality and enjoyment of my afternoon ride. I was angry with myself for quite a while.

I decided to ride the Salmon Falls Road. The 2010 Tour of California took in this portion of Salmon Falls road in one of the earliest stages.

This photograph shows the peloton taking a hairpin turn on Salmon Falls Road during stage 1 of the Tour of California cycling race in Sacramento Calif., Sunday, May 16, 2010.

What happened to my chain? Where is the team car?

My chain slipped and then jammed into the rear derailleur. I believe it is because of the torque applied to pedals, derailleurs, and chain while climbing the Sierras. I fixed it but I'll feel better when a professional bicycle mechanic looks at it.

Sometimes positive experiences come due to negative experiences.

ETC came to my rescue. The day was hot and humid; the terrain quite hilly. The road was quite steep. I needed assistance. ETC is an amazing Non-Profit organization with amazing volunteer workers. Please visit their web site Here is some information about this wonderful non-profit organization:

Environmental Traveling Companions:
Every year over 2000 people with special needs join ETC on outdoor adventures such as white water rafting.

These are people of all ages, people who have hearing impairments, people who have physical, emotional or developmental disabilities and people living with serious illness, such as cancer or HIV/AIDS.

ETC collaborates with over 70 social service agencies and schools who rely upon ETC programs to provide a vital extension of their own services. ETC also provides outdoor education programs for school groups and economically disadvantaged youth.

Thank you ETC for your assistance. You went out of your way to help me and I appreciate it.

My day ended in Cameron Park, California. It is too late to locate a bicycle shop.
It is not too late to eat. My dinner consisted of two, terrific, Safeway sandwiches and one large beer. After dinner I telephoned my wife and then my brother-in-law to let them know where I was.

Tomorrow, Father's Day, I look for a bicycle shop.

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