Mike's 2013 bike riding.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#42 Apr 3, 2013
I did my Hinsdale to North Hinsdale Road, route 63 and a left on Twin Brook road, route 9 to Bratt, then route 119 and Plain Road to my house.

The closed higher elevations on North Plain Road still has ice and snow on it.

I had no trouble on any hill or mountain, only once to twice had to use my lowest gear...I never had to leave the seat.

The open dirt Chesterfield North Hinsdale Road was soft and muddy...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#43 Apr 3, 2013
My blood sugar totally acted as expected....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#44 Apr 3, 2013
A huge freaking tree across the road...got knocked over in the winter that has to be cleaned up..
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#45 Apr 3, 2013
22 miles
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#46 Apr 6, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
So I did my route to Brat, up to route 9, down Mountain Road and onto the Mountain Road trail. I love that trail on the east side of the Conn River and opposite Wantastiquet Mountain. I love that little hill or incline on this trail. It is a steep incline for a few hundred yards. I generally hump up that hill as hard as I can, get off my seat...I am usually gasping for air and my heart is thumping out of my chest at the top.
If i die of a heart attack out on my bike, that would be the hill I'd like to croak on. Tell my wife I'd be there. Oh man, I got so many good spots in Hinsdale that I would like to croak on. What is that mountain ledge just before N Hinsdale road...that is a good place also. I have made a commitment this spring to walk my bike up that steep trail and then to ride towards the direction of Wantastiquet Mountain. You bet, I am taking a lunch knowing I am going to get lost.
I bet you I was the first up that Mountain Road trail with a bike this season. Course, the trail was still mostly a few inches of hard icy snow and slush. Had to walk up the incline with my bike, skied down the hill on my bike too. I'll bet you the trail was 99% snow covered.
I love visiting my beloved friend who I haven't seen in months. I got to take a once around on all my beloved friends.
Bet you the ice-out of the Connecticut River is a week or two from today or so.
It was a spectacular afternoon...I got lots of them coming...
Snow is all gone today...made it up the elevation with any problems on my seat. Humped it up the Mountain Road trail hill.

On monument road, I heard my first peeper frog or tree frog in 2013...certainly only a few of them so far.

The crickets next or lightning bugs...I certainly like the noise of the crickets.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#47 Apr 7, 2013
Course, the golden epoch for crickets is late summer and early fall....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#48 Apr 28, 2013
A recent blood pressure test indicated 130 over 70...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#49 Apr 29, 2013
My worst was something like something like 190 over 100 many years ago...

I take the minimum amount of blood pressure meds in order to protect my kidneys from diabetes.

I really don't need them now for blood pressure control...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#50 May 17, 2013
I hope I never fail to see how astonishing beautiful the "leafing out" of our trees is in the spring.

It is so spectacularly and astonishing beautiful!!!

It is so miraculous…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#51 May 20, 2013
Heard crickets today for the first time this year.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#52 May 26, 2013
Got a neat new bike route. Took them all many times separately.

So head down Plain Road to the schools. Go to the back of the old Hinsdale dump…cut over to the railroad trail. Head north and stop at T-Birds for black magic coffee. Back on the trail, over the abandoned railroad bridge. Up through bratt and over the Conn River by route 9. Onto Mountain Road, then onto Gulf Road. The next four miles is a bastarded uphill climb. Left onto Merrifield Road, left on N Hinsdale road and then back home.

That is about 20 miles…Gulf Road hill is the bitch! 2.5 hours.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#53 Jun 15, 2013
First evening seeing lightning bugs…in masses!

Is there anything better...lightning bugs and crickets at the same time?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#54 Jun 16, 2013
Has anyone any ever had any troubles with breathing in gnats? I mean lots of gnats. So yesterday driving my bike down the Connecticut railroad trail…I was driving as fast as I could to kick into heavy breathing. I drove carelessly drove through every cloud of gnats I could. It is the maga gnat season. I didn’t do it intentionally…just didn’t drive around them. I must have breath in lots of them. I mean, I could at times feel them floating around in my mouth and crunching between my teeth.

It began shortly after I stopped…a tickle in my throat and coughing a lot like something stuck in my throat. I kept coughing up dead gnat bodies. When I was riding, got a lot of stinging gnats in my eyes.

This mourning it was worst. A burning and lump in my chest…kept coughing up dead gnats. Coughed up dead gnats all day long. A little worried if something else was going on because I never experienced it. Tonight the tingle and burning is lessoned and the little solid parts coming up has slowed up.

Weird!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#55 Jun 16, 2013
It was about 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm…just at dusk. It is when they come out in masses!
Cough Cough !
Bruce Goodchild

Arlington, MA

#56 Jun 16, 2013
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Much warmer out there today....20 degrees.
Excellent narrative about biking really is...

My weak link in winter riding in the Boston area is the
hands, even though I have high quality mittens.

Otherwise, I love riding in the cold, but, the hands
can be the limiting factor for me....

bruce
Alex

Newton Center, MA

#57 Jun 16, 2013
I found that with my pair of good $60+ dollar Burton ski mittens made with Goretex I was able to ride a bike in below freezing weather and no problem keeping my fingers from getting cold, and with a neoprene skiers face mask with hood and hat over that etc. The Burtons have a zippered pouch in which you can put the thin carbon warming pads inside each side if you need extra warmth but I never had to use the pads
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#58 Jun 17, 2013
Bruce Goodchild wrote:
<quoted text>
Excellent narrative about biking really is...
My weak link in winter riding in the Boston area is the
hands, even though I have high quality mittens.
Otherwise, I love riding in the cold, but, the hands
can be the limiting factor for me....
bruce
Thanks!

Yep, mittens are the way to go. I tried two pair of gloves on at the same time.

It doesn't help having to squeezed those handle bars grips that lowers finger circulation.

Toes are a weak link for me also. The feet spinning in the freezing wind.

I mean really, what would winter life be without the invention of snow pants…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#59 Jun 17, 2013
I fear the summer more than the winter. I drove around in la la land and luckily crashed into the curb (instead of going out in traffic)with hyperthermia. I aimed to hit a small elevation climb hard in +93 degree weather and within an hour I was a goner. I came close another time but on a longer drive…
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#60 Jun 23, 2013
So I did my greenfield, Montigue Road, Gill and back to Hinsdale NH route. It is 45 miles and about 84 degrees. I took small breaks in Greenfield and Turners Falls…dying by the time I got back to Northfield. I was getting groggy and feeling like I was going to throw up. I knew it wasn’t issues with my diabetes because I ate a treat in Greenfield… but you can really can’t tell if it's not your blood sugar levels acting up . I thought for 15 minutes I bit the big one. Worst, I was going to call crying to my wife or daughter to pick me up. Got a good drink of water…after about 15 minutes I became recovering very fast. I think with all those hills I tried to hump over…I overheated.
So the rest of the ride was uneventful and the last mile to my house wasn’t that hard.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#62 Jun 24, 2013
You know, I feel highly confident I can handle anything on the road by myself with my diabetes and age related issues. I can accurately diagnose my problem and climb out of a hole I dig for myself.

Right, a blood sugar meter and a resevere of carbos and sugar to get you home in a pinch…water is mandatory also.

If the ride is less than 2 or 3 hours…you can go out there naked. But you have to do your carbos or sugar reserves before you go? And don’t overdo the eating!

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