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My cats have got to eat.

We hit the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest last night and my theme for getting quickly through this week’s pain was where the title of this blog came from. More on that later. It was a steamy night. Sort of like August should’ve been…hot and humid. Maybe that means that the season will last well into December. Not likely. I have a cold threshold that can’t be messed with. Anyway, it was a nice night for a ride.

There were a lot of people out last night. We met one guy from the Western Mass region that was in the area on business and brought his bike. He read about the LowHell in some mags and they said it was happening. Another biker that struck me as funny was this guy in the trail that was gasping for air. That’s not the funny part as the air was quite thick. The weird part was he was decked out head to toe in body armor. Now I have to tell you, if you are going to be super cool and wear body armor, at least be in shape, not bent over grabbing your ankles because you can’t breathe. Just my opinion. Then there were the 3 college aged girls that were smoking a bone in their car in the parking lot. Geo investigated that one for us as he was parked next to them.

Not much to report on entertainment value. No one was bleeding. Lowhell has some great trails, drops, and stuff to occupy a night. Some of the trails are windy and fast, some have technical rocks and roots to navigate. Towards the end of the ride, Geo’s homespun wheel-truing job was coming unravelled on him and his wheel was taco-ing before his eyes. He limped through. TiTim was having some issue with his front wheel coming off. Not sure what that was about. He made it too.

Gotta remember the lights for next ride. It got dark quick inside the woods. On our way out, I could barely see the trail in front of me. I was slamming into and rolling over things that I had no idea what they were. They could have been a racoon for all I knew. Treacherous. But very fun!

The post-ride (and now the pre-ride as well) activities consisted of some Blue…Labatts Blue provided technically by Gringo. Although TiTim actually picked them up and probably won’t see his money for a month. Just kidding M. Not really. TiTim’s turn next week, then I will take a turn.

Here is the course data as upload to the new Garmin Connect.

* We went 9.43 miles in 02:03:26 for an average of 4.6 mph for the ride
* I hit a max speed of 15.7 mph somewhere on a downhill
* Here is the PDF of the Google Earth map
* Here is the PDF of the topographical map
* Here is the KMZ file
* Here is the Topo overlay file for the ride (combine the two in Google Earth)

Check out the speed graph. Try that on a road bike.

And now the story you have been on the edge of your seat waiting for.

My cats have got to eat. I had to get to Petco before they closed and the only store anywhere near where I was going was Leominster. And the Gringo was running late per usual (sorry mate, you know you are always the last one to arrive). The cats needed their special Royal Canin Siamese 38 food and the local stores don’t sell it. We got out of the woods at 7:45 and Leominster was about 1 hour away. As such, I forewent (did you hear that people; I passed up, didn’t partake, no drinky!!!) the post-ride activities and made it to the store on time. Man, I must have stunk pretty bad with my sweat-drenched shirt, oozing of bug juice and I noticed my legs were a tad muddy. Oh well. The cats were happy.



2003 Specialized Enduro Expert
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double


1 comment to My cats have got to eat.

  • Homey D Clown

    “New” Garmin Connect” What is that about? I am about to use my 305 for the first time tomorrow (well first time biking I ran with it last night) and want to know if there is something I need to know.

    You are a loyal father to those cats forgoing the Blue for cat food. What has P done to you? I am pretty sure when I met you, you were a dog person!

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