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Two questions

1. what kind of digital camera do you have? those are nice shots; and i assume it is very small, considering you were able to grab it and shoot behind you while riding in a paceline with traffic coming up on your left. :)

2. how do you convince your wife to watch two little ones while you do back-to-back 90-mile days? there might not be a real nun at your rest stop, but there's a saint at your house. we have a four-month old and i'm lucky to get in a 50 miler. (granted wife is watching the li'l one while i ride boston-new york next weekend, but i'm doing it for her charity, so... :)

great report. thanks for posting. i live in nyc and would like to get over to s.i. or that part of n.j. to do some riding sometime.
 

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team_sheepshead said:
1. what kind of digital camera do you have? those are nice shots.

2. how do you convince your wife to watch two little ones while you do back-to-back 90-mile days? there might not be a real nun at your rest stop, but there's a saint at your house.
Answer 1: The camera is a Casio Exilim. We've had it since last summer. My wife and I love it. The small size allow us to bring it everywhere without hassles and catch those happy moments. Since it's digital, we just delete what we don't want and use an on-line printer to supply us with hard copies of the good stuff. It's priceless!

Answer 2: You are absolutely correct. I've got a few saints at home. My wife and I have our own seperate passions. Mine is cycling. She has a small business out of our home and is generous in our community. We respect each other's passion and do a lot of scheduling and compromising. I have a training and race schedule. She has a schedule of her own. Our calendar looks like a football coaches chaulkboard. I know that if I want to do something, I have to check the schedule. If the date/time is taken, I'm SOL or I have to find a sitter. My wife does the same.

Example: My wife is away this weekend. I want to go to the velo-swap on Sat. and have a race on Sunday. Sooo, the kids go with me to the swap, we'll head to my parents for the night, and I'll race on Sunday while my parents watch the kids. We'll all come back on Sunday and spend any race winnings for dinner together.

We also share a passion for our kids which have been angels. They've made parenting very easy for us and we don't take it for granted. There is a sense of mutual respect all around the house.
 

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what's that bag thing?

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What's that "bag" thing on Mike's frame. I've never seen one of those before, I'll venture a guess it's some sort of aerodynamic thing?
It's a 'holder' for a CamelBak bladder. A friend of his, Sandiway Fong, wanted something similar for PBP last year and Mike designed this contraption. It's basically sail cloth with velcro straps built to the geometry of the frame and you just tuck the bladder into the slot and voila!
 

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Great ride report & pics, Ben. I'd thought about doing the PPP, but since I didn't see my girlfriend the weekend before last, I figured it'd be in my best interests to spend a Sunday with her. :) She wanted to head up to the Chester/Mendham area for some shopping, and on the way up we stopped at the Jockey Hollow race and watched the Pro/1/2 for a while.

Like you, I would've been interested in meeting Steam, but also like you I wouldn't have known who to ask for.

Are you planning on doing the Covered Bridges Ride on Oct 17th in Bucks Cty, Pa? A group of my riding friends are doing the 60-ish mile ride, and I'll more than likely register this week, too.
 

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Are you planning on doing the Covered Bridges Ride on Oct 17th in Bucks Cty, Pa? A group of my riding friends are doing the 60-ish mile ride, and I'll more than likely register this week, too.
Check out my RBR Gathering thread before you register to Covered Bridges. I'm running out of weekends to do the RBR ride before it gets too cold. I was originally thinking of doing the RBR ride last weekend but pushed it back because of the PPP. Last year's RBR ride was on the same day as the PPP and a couple people did PPP instead. I try my best to avoid conflicts with events but I always seem to disappoint someone.
 

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any update on the down rider?

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Oh well, hopefully we can get together to do one of your rides. The PPP is an effort by more than 50 members and some of their extended family. Many give up time for not only the day of, but for planning and many other chores.

Sorry to hear about the problem at the 35 mile RS. I am sure, as you said, there were supplies on the way. I too had to rescue some people from failing to make the turn at Applegarth Rd. It seems that the arrows were faded or soemthing like that. Glad you had a good time and thanks for allowing me to use your post for the newsletter.
Bill

PS I had too much pie at a rest stop one year and ended up paying for it. My blood sugar must have zoomed up and then crashed. I could barely maintain a 15mph average going in :O)
I did the 100 route and was quite pleased with the service and the volunteers. I've done this ride about 4 times and its a good end to the season. I was not so crazy about the long busy streteches on Rt 539 and 70/530 but a Gu helped that. I did want to find out what happened to the rider that went down on Rt 539 with an apparent heart attack. When I got there they were doing CPR and it did not look good. Any update on him?
 
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