It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tour de Livingston - Beautiful Ride!

Riders anxiously awaited the go ahead for the ride, from initial counts there were over 750 riders this year participating in  the event.  There were routes of 5, 9, 12, 28, 38 and 64 miles AND an addition of 5 mountain bike routes from 7 to 13 miles or you can combine them for a 50 mile mountain bike challenge.
Riders waiting in the early dawn fog

Riders of all skill levels participate
There were riders of all skill leveles and ages.  The weather was magnificant and amazing for October at a balmy 80 degrees F by mid day.  Some riders combined the 64 Mile metric century with other rides to make a full 100 mile century ride.  One set of riders did that on a tandem bike and that would be Shawn and Dawn co-owners of Hometown Bicycles who were also celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

The route chosen by my friends and I was not real long but it was the hilliest route of the courses available.  I felt them all!  What a great day, a great ride and all for such a great cause!  Newspaper article and photo gallery can be found click here for TdL news
Deb, Deb and Tim

Ready to go in a rest up


  1. hi Deb! Sorry for the lack of comments - I had a problem with Blogger which seems to have been fixed now so I am playing comment catchup across all my favourite blogspot and blogger blogs. Your TDL looks excellent - beautiful weather and a good choice of nicely planned routes. I love your orange shirt too!

    COngratulations on your 1k riding, that's brilliant. You've done so much this season you should really be proud of yourself.

  2. Deb - i love your Tour De Livingston top. Sounds like you had fun. Do you know that i've never ridden with a group that large - I've never signed up for a major cycling event...maybe one day. I'm always afraid I'm going to crash into someone at the start. I love bike riding, but I'm a bit klutzy too :)

  3. goodpurlgone bad,

    Thank you for the kind comments, the jersey was earned for raising funds in last year's ride. The new color for this year is blue, black and some white. They're pretty sharp looking and I have raised enough funds to earn one of those too.

  4. Sue, there is really nothing to be afraid of because in this event the groups go out in flights. They call up the longest route riders, second longest etc so forth. They do go out one group right after the other and the ride starts out on a road where traffic has been halted until the riders get out of the parking lot of the ski/golf lodge. Riders fan out into sub groups pretty quickly based on pace.

    It's fun going out with so many others but it becomes dispersed pretty quickly. Last year I was not paying enough attention and got "out of the gate with" with very experienced and fast riders. I got caught up in the crowd and missed my turn off but I was able to rectify that and believe me - I paid much more attention this year!

    It really is fun to b e part of a big event.

  5. Thanks Deb, I will give it a try one day.