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#330daysofbiking Day 87: Clarksville express

bringing home the bike

Today’s good news: driving to Clarksville to bring Mason home from APSU.  Today’s not-so-good news: driving to Clarksville (in holiday weekend traffic).

APSU Governor’s School is officially over, Mason really enjoyed his past month of working with the  Gov School kids, and I am so happy to have my riding buddy back home. 😀 Got to spend the day in the car, which never thrills me – but especially tedious on a traffic-filled Friday of a long holiday weekend.  Fortunately, Mark came up with an alternate route for the return trip, allowing us to bypass the worst of Nashville and Chattanooga traffic, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  Just glad to be home; glad to have all of my boys home  at the same time.

outside the dorm - all the "essentials" ready to head home

I managed to sneak in a quick ride this morning on the Xtracycle before heading off to Clarksville.  Kind of cloudy and overcast, and nothing great photo-wise.  If the photos of the past few days have all seemed rather similar, it’s because I’ve decided to conduct my own sort of “lens trial” – trying to shoot with only one lens for the entire week, figuring out sweet spots, and how I can work best with it.  So this week’s photos have been brought to you by my sweet little 50mm f1.8 – obviously, I like it best wide open and fast, shallow DOF.  Thanks for putting up with my experimenting.

Tomorrow begins Le Tour … and the month of excitement, drama and suspense!  And lots of cool bicycles. 😀  Allez, allez!

this morning's ride; I like to think of my X as my version of a time trial bike ... (as in: I take my sweet time - lol)

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#330daysofbiking Day 54: eight hours in a car

traffic ... circles

I hope there is no one checking the official rule-book, because I’m not entirely sure today’s ride would even count as being valid.  I rode Mason’s bike.  Around a parking lot, to his dorm.  Period.  So sue me.  I did, in fact, ride a bike today.

Spent the day driving to and from Clarksville, in the rain, in Memorial Day weekend traffic – taking Mason back to APSU for his 5-week summer job mentoring at Governor’s School.  Maybe it was just the long day in the car, or the traffic … or just the fact that I will be missing our summer rides together for the next few weeks.  But I am feeling a bit cantankerous at the moment.  I am , of course, so happy that he has this great opportunity, and am sure that after a good night’s sleep I will feel more normal (whatever that is?).

But until he returns in July, I shall be missing his eagerness to be out riding – even when I drag him with me through the rain and in the dark.  Even when I know I am holding him back, yet he is kind enough to let me decide the pace.  I will miss his silly comments, his teasing, the way he shakes his head and always laughs at my crazy ideas.  His patience when I make him stop so that I can take photos.  So Mason, if you should read this … I hope you know.  Miss you, babe – have fun!

Mason's summer room-mate ... back in the dorm (APSU)

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physics bike nerds

Riding through the halls - APSU Physics

Finals are over, the semester is done … everybody’s “Home for the Holidays”.  Happiness!

I spent the better part of yesterday and today retrieving the boys from their respective schools.  Today, while picking up Mason, I got to visit the unofficial PVC (Physics Velo Closet) – the storage room in the physics wing of the Sundquist Science Complex where the fledgling all-nerd physics bike club has been keeping their bikes.  Mason wanted to bring his bike home over the break, so with the halls basically end-of-semester-empty, he decided to ride to the elevator. (Guess we won’t mention this to President Hall…).

I’ll have to admit I got a laugh when he told me that one of his professors (and the club’s sponsor) would sometimes arrive for class in the morning, riding directly into the building and into the elevator – on his bike. Love it! 😀

Also got to see Mason’s friend Drew’s awesome Pepto-pink road bike … Brilliant, brainy and bikes – the perfect combination.  I can’t even begin to describe the totally random collection stuff in the storage room – from tech-y physics lab equipment to a life-size cardboard cutout of Einstein along with a collection of plastic pumpkins.  The pink bike definitely fit right in.  They are an eclectic and brainy bunch with a fantastic sense of humor.  I’m thrilled Mason’s a part of it all, and has found the perfect place to pursue his passion.  But for right now – I’m so happy to have them home for a few weeks…

Drew's awesome PINK road bike in the physics storage room

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My darling son, Mason - physics nerd & bike geek. Awesome!!

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