You never know who you might run into walking through the Columbus airport. First I saw one of the peloton's most beloved figures, known for her charm, grace and good humor, Lisa Antolino. Fellow cyclists frequently ask if anyone has heard
anything new and so I was encouraged by what she told me and can summarize here. A hip problem forced her from the bike and also limited walking. Correctly diagnosing the problem has taken too long, in fact through Lisa's own research was she first able to identify the issue. It sounds as if she may be back on the bike during the first part of next year, if I correctly interpreted her comments.
Approaching my gate, I ran into Kevin Hollingshead, aka Polish Pony, aka Pepe Lapew and now aka "The Welcher". Kevin was on his way to Oklahoma. After the various categories of flyers were called to board, the gate keeper finally called for those people in "Zone 37" to board and the regular schleps like Kevin and I shuffled on the plane and discovered we were sitting next to each
other...amazing! Now, during the course of talking about most of you, who is fun to draft behind and who is not, etc... Kevin said he enjoyed eating at "Billy Sims" restaurant while he was in OK during his frequent trips there to bust the local union or something like that. Kevin claimed that Sims played for OK State but I said, no, he played for OU and that I'd bet him a $1 I was right. Upon settling the issue, I put my hand out for payment and the cheap skate refused!!! Further, he did not eat his Biscuff biscuit that each of us was given by the stews yet did not offer it to me!!!!
OK, the above is not entirely accurate but close enough. Four hours later, I was back in AZ. I'm working from here as what I do I can do from OH or AZ (cold calling your home phones asking if you want to sign up to donate your body parts to science) and my good wife made the mistake of saying she wouldn't mind if I came out as long as I was back before Christmas. I've joined three different hiking clubs and have some very interesting and tough hikes planned, including a 20 miler over the above mountain and an off trail hike bushwhacking through the wilderness to Table Rock, whatever that is. Also will be cycling and keeping the blog updated on upcoming rides in OH, as usual.
Well, the moon rises over the mountain and I'm on the lookout for javelins passing in the dark below.