Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. --- William Golding


HI FOLKS (Paul Shragg, yet again, filling in for Marty Weiss),

LAST WEEK: This last week's ride went a lot smoother than the previous week's, but wasn't totally without its moments. 14 of us showed up, on time, at the Solana Beach Train Station and began our trek north at 8:15 sharp. 30 seconds into the ride, "pop, pop". My rear tire sputtered and went flat. (Thornburg said he thought he was having a Pamona, or was it Pacoima, flash back…something about some weapons in his past, or something) At any rate, we hadn’t even made it to Lomas Santa Fe, and, already, the ride was on hold. This was the first flat tire that I had witnessed on any of our rides, and, of course, it was my tire. Being relatively new to this, I had almost no idea how to fix the tire. I’m pretty sure I could have done it, slowly, sitting on my front lawn, drinking a cocktail and taking my time. But with 13 other folks waiting on me, and nowhere to hide, crap! Thankfully, I did have the proper flat tire repair/replacement equipment with me (good thing, or I’d never have heard the end of it). In any case, thanks to Dennis Webb and Ed (Michelson, I believe), in particular, the tire was fixed in a jiffy and off we all went for the first ½ of our ride. I must say, in all seriousness, thank you for the help, and the instruction, boys. I truly do appreciate it. The ride was very nice, the weather delightful. We took our usual route of PCH, Neptune, more PCH and then Oceanside beach front roads to the O’side Harbor, where we all refueled with coffee and muffins for the ride back. After a brief (approx 15 min) break, we started back. This time, at least, there was no “pop, pop”, but, unfortunately, there was a “hiss”. Just as we all started back, Phil Erdelsky’s rear tire began to loose air. He and I stayed back to “fix” the tire (actually, I stayed back to get some more practice at tire repair, as much as to help him, as he really didn’t need my help). The others went on ahead, waiting for us at Carlsbad State Beach, down the road a bit. Phil, of course, is a totally self sufficient type of guy, but put up with me none-the-less. Only once did he mention that he could get it done faster without me. Actually, Phil was very nice and explained the process to me, step by step, as we went along. The tire was fixed promptly, and Phil and I had a nice conversation on our way down to rejoin the rest of the Recyclers in Carlsbad (minus a few of you, who had to get home promptly to get started on your honey do’s). The rest of the ride was somewhat nondescript, albeit, very enjoyable. Again, we took Vulcan from LaCosta Ave south to avoid traffic. Greta has provided us with two very nice set of snapshots of the group and the ride. Email me if you would like me to send you the photos. After returning safely to the Solana Beach Train Station, four of us (Greta, Brian, Walt, and I), decided to do a loop through parts of Rancho Santa Fe. This too, was a very pretty ride. The price, however, is a relatively steep climb towards the end of the ride. All in all, however, it was just another perfect Recycler kind of day. I really enjoyed myself, and trust the rest you riders did as well. I was, however, beat, and welcomed the ride home from Greta. Thanks Greta!!!

OTHER NEWS: Again, just a reminder that the Recyclers’ weekly Bulletin will be posted on our web site, . We will, until we all decide otherwise, continue to send it out vis a vis email as well. Regarding the web site, it would be really nice for some of the original Recyclers to begin to draft a Hx of the organization (based in reality or not, it’s up to you), for us to post on the net (but no pressure. Do it, or not, when the time’s right). Maybe a “Mission Statement” or some blurb on our biking philosophy, or something, might be nice also. Just food for thought.

DE RIDE: This week’s ride will be Sunday, August 13th, and will be the infamous, Mission Bay to The Cabrillo Monument Ride. Dennis Webb has agreed to take the lead on this ride (thank you, Dennis). In total, it’s about 27.3 miles. Well meet in the first parking lot north of the Mission Bay Hilton Hotel - Sunday, 8:00 for an 8:15 departure. Head south along Mission Bay through O.B., up Chatsworth and out Catalina Blvd. to Cabrillo Nat. Park. Back on Catalina and down the Canon St. hill and then out Harbor Dr. to Broadway and then back to M.B. via Pacific Hwy. If there’s time, and/or interest, we’ll stop, of course, at The Con Pane bakery (on Rosecrans, I believe). Of course, this is all subject to Dennis Webb’s last minute whims. I trust, this is the route he’ll want to take. If not, look out!

So, meet at the Hilton at 8:00am, Sunday, August 13th. Remember The Hilton is on Mission Bay Dr., between Sea World Dr, and Clairmont Dr. Remember, it’s not the Hilton parking lot, but the first one north of it.

DE ADDITIONAL RIDE: Free for all. To be decided when we return to Mission Bay after De Ride. Catch as catch can. Whatever. You get the idea. Please, you all should feel free to suggest a ride as “DE RIDE” or “DE ADDITIONAL RIDE” as long as you know the route and would like to lead.

FINAL TID BITS: Remember, we’re all sort of filling in for Marty this month. So, feel free to suggest and take the lead on a ride. Write a blurb for the bulletin. Or, just continue to show up for the fantastic rides. It’s a GREAT Group!!!

HEALTH ISSUES: As many of you know, I experienced some numbness and weakness in my left hand this last weekend. Mike Goldbaum, M.D. pointed out that I probably have a pressure injury to (i.e.compressed) my Ulnar Nerve. Based on the little I’ve read this week, I’m almost certain he’s right. I sent around a reference to a great review article he provided on non-traumatic cycling injuries, which I’ll be happy to send out again, if you like. In the meantime, I “GOOGLED” “ulnar nerve” and got a number of interesting links. Below is one of them, should you be interested. Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Until then, be safe, keep riding, and don’t forget to head ‘em up, and move ‘em out.

I hope to see you all Sunday at 8:00 for our 8:15 departure.