It was great to be back on the Train. We had 24 riders, rain, 5 flats (3 were mine) and good food. Saw the packard plant, hitsville USA, Boston Edison neighborhood, and all the other cool sites in the D. Not sure what's up with the flats on my specialized. I've had 4 this week? Going to get some rim strips and change the rear tire 7 see if that helps.
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John S & I were taking a easy ride on PCT getting some base miles. I ended up with a flat (somethings up I got 3 more the next day) we ended up on the trail with a patch kit, tube, pump, but no 15mm wrench to get the wheel off. Were were trying the pump it up and ride as fast as you can method to get back to my house, 4 miles away. It was not working well. Keith the owner @ http://paintcreekbicycles.com/ in Lake Orion came up (on his new Black Sheep- it's sweet) and asked if we were ok. Said yes & thanks and he headed on, I called back & asked if he had a 15mm wrench, he did not and we went about patching the flat & Keith headed back toward LO. He then offered to open his shop up for us to fix the tire. His shop was 1 mile away and we accepted. Rode there on the rim & got it fixed up. A HUGE thank you to Keith & Cary @ PCB for helping us out. That's what makes biking so fun is the people rock.
This years trip was fun and challenging. We learned to appreciate our broadband internet connections for sure as we tried to load the Iceman GPS over dial-up. We got in a night ride this year as well. Thanks to Andy for the use of a very cool farm house and thanks to all for the Beef Jerky, it was pretty good. This year we had 6 riders, this is a 50% increase over the 2008 trip and we hope more join us next year. We hope to figure out a way to head west next year. Joining us of the 2009 trip were: Andy E, Steve D, Pablo, John G, Paul, and Dave.
There were a few cuts and bruises and one broken chain but no major medical or mechanical issues.