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Books, DVD's, food and meds!

So it was supposed to rain today so I choose to bus it to my fun errands. Passed on the free Pancakes at Perkins for some french toast, eggs and breakfast potatoes! Then went over to the library to drop off Seinfeldia, walked to Outlet books ( couldn't find any good cycling books besides mostly Lance books, but did get a great deal on DVD's, I got 8 movies for me ( Black Cloud, The Rock, Hard to Kill/Above the Law combo, Barrio Wars 4 movies, and 2 for my Mom for $19.50!) and grabbed lunch ( and dinner for tonight) at Beefaroo before catching the bus home ( well a few miles from it, see below).

I talked to my Mom the other day about Honey's meds and how I'd pay when she got back from picking them up, but today, she forgot or something and said she didn't have any $ when I brought up getting the meds. I was about 10 mins from the vet so I just opted to go get them and this way, I could get some Lottos from a store I haven't been to in 5 months and I could get in a nice 3-4 mile walk. I ordered The Cyclist's Bucket List : 75 Quintenical ( sp?) Cycling Destinations/trips and Bike for Life: How to Bike 100 miles and more from eBay. It includes yoga moves, workout plan, cycling distance goals, etc and I couldn't believe I got both for $20 total! Amazon's at least double w/ S & H.


Since I kind of spent quite a bit lately, I am hoping to just get a number 1 at Taco Johns for $5.25 on my way to Rock Cut State Park for #bikeyourpark day. I am also going to see if I can bike 20 miles w/ o breakfast since I either eat too much or not enough. Haha, Derek tried to see if I wanted to go for a bike ride this Saturday. Yeah, like I am going to go w/ a guy who doesn't even have enough manners to not ask me about my weight yesterday. I said I have plans.

Celebs and more...

Watched the Emmy's on Sunday. Some of Jimmy's jokes weren't funny but a lot were. I liked that Regina, Sterling and Courtney won their Emmy's but you don't want it getting to the point where ppl are being nominated just for the diversity factor, you know? Same thing will hapoen if there's a lot of trans actors too. Sorry but it's true. I really wished Cuba and John would have won too for their OJ roles. Sad news about Brad and Angelina ( hope they can work it out).


Today was just 7.5 hrs instead of 9. I had 1 machine mostly all day and although it was Valli's, it ran pretty well until about 2 hrs in and then continued after lunch:(. I noticed my rear tire was quite low ( needed 2 pumps of air) so I rode home kind of cautiously. Stopped off and had the new grilled chicken combo and it was pretty damn good!

Here's a pic of the crosswalk going from Wendy's/BK to McD's and why I walk my bike when I get here. My biking buddy said he saw me the other day and wondered why I was walking it. I also told him about why I walk it when over by Charles n State too.




Kevin Can Wait pilot episode was just ok to me. I don't like that Chanel kid and the wife is missing something! She's not tough and she doesn't have the Brooklyn accent! The Good Place was better and funnier too.

Nice Sunday

Got my allergy meds and got some nice FlexFoam shoes at Target. Also checked out $ Tree and Verizon by there w/ my Mom. I was able to successfully sign up for #bikeyourpark Day this Saturday ( and it's too bad I didn't get to do it last time to win prizes), but maybe I can still get a patch?


Ohh, coffeeneuring is now any day of the week but can't be during a club ride but think it can be on the way to/from work, dk......at least Restoration Cafe is now back on the list!

Other biking destinations might include biking to Perkins for Free Pancakes Day Thursday, stopping by Outlet books, having Applebee's for lunch and getting Honey's meds on the way home. Pretty good mileage for September it looks like, not bad for missing a week!
SUCKS! My Mom is currently just eating salad everyday ( lost 15 lbs last month) and only has 10 more to go, but it sucks for me since every day she talks about how my dinners smell good and she'll tell me to leave the room if I enter w/ food as I am currently trying to answer a question. I can't make pizza or burgers. If I want it, I have to go spend more $ and get it from somewhere else. That Subway I got yesterday was even an issue since she was in the kitchen as I went to throw away my trash while holding my sandwich. I am never dating someone who watches their weight or infringes on my food consumption!

Rock River Sweep!

Started off ok, I got the Egg Normous burrito made instead and biked into misty rain and wind to the Brewhouse. I looked around at all the displays and prizes on the table ( wonder if I won anything or would have? See below), signed in and got my grabber, gloves and SIX heavy yellow trashbags and was to be back by 2-2:30 ( 5 hrs later) for the awards/ prizes ceremony. I said I was going to clean up by the bike path and my goal was to get as far as Shorewood Park ( and clean it up too) by 1, go eat and make my way back the 4-5 miles.


It started raining a little heavier but luckily I had my jacket and trackpants on over my shorts as I started picking up trash right under the Whitman bridge ( entrance of RRRP). By the time I got to the Y, I had a good amount of trash. Um, I was walking away from the riverwall ( in the grass making my way over to the path) when I stepped in a gopher hole ( hole covered by grass in the grass?) and I went down. I got up, tested my foot and thought I was ok. I continued on, cleaned over by the volleyball courts ( it's not the river but there was water bottles, plastic bags and candy wrappers) and then just stuck to the river/ forest areas. Goldmines were fishing spots, bridges and rocky spots ( I got really good at picking up soda bottles by the nozzle and made jokes about being ready to be in the Hwy clean up crew should I even be put in jail or prison!).

It was on/ off rain until about 11:30 when the sun came out but didn't get warm out til 12, so off came my trackpants and jacket as I got to the Auburn bridge, where I left my 1st bag since it was getting heavy ( it had bottles, cans, wrappers, bags, 2 milk jugs, 2 lures and a pillow).

I got as far as Shorewood Park, right at the entrance of the path, after getting 'lost' for 10 mins hehe) and wanted to finish that area but I was running low on time so I left the bag there. For some reason, I kept my gloves and grabber as I went to Popeye's. I intended to eat there but it was already 1:20. I took my food and drink, started walking and noticed my ankle was causing a lot of pain due to my stretching it out while waiting for my food. I was walking really slow, deposited my grabber and gloves by my 1st dropoff and by the time I got to Whitman, I was almost hobbling.

I had 3 ppl ask if I was ok ( 1 was Mike from work, riding his wife's neglected bike back from his $ Tree stop, he says it's crazy to spend $ on car insurance, gas, etc) and Mike and I talked a lot as I made my way to the Brewhouse. I decided to just get my bike and wait for my Mom to come and get me. It was already 3....it took a while to figure out if the bike could even fit in the car and if not, then what? But it did fit mostly in the trunk and didn't fall out.

Took the bike home and went to the hospital. We were in and out in maybe 2 hrs, it is just a sprain ( got an Ace bandage and Ibuprofen script ) and should be fine within a week/10 days and today, I put most of my weight on it to walk around a little and it only hurt somewhat. I should be able to bike just to/from work as well as work tomorrow- end of the week. I am putting my seeing Sully on hold until next week ( maybe make it a double feature w/ Snowden?) and not doing non work rides until the start of coffeeneuring.







Freaking hot!

It's currently in the 100's right now w/ the humidity! Dropped off my book at the library and stopped off at Wendy's to cool off and eat before coming home. I put my seat down asmidgen and it seems to help in all areas ( still getting full extension, have better control and got up to my normal speed afterwards). Yeah, no 6.2 miles for me since I didn't go check for those flyers. REALLY hope I do my fun stuff tomorrow. I just can't get used to this stupid Midwest humidity!!!

7:14 PM: I found the Cherryrock Bike Trek FB page and so far, it is a ride on bike paths in Cherry Valley and Rockford ( what I estimated to my biking buddy haha) but dk yet if it requires alcohol consumption ( like a lot of events here, hope not since this is classified as a family ride!).

Labor Day!

I watched Cities of the Underworld about the Soviet Union's secret bunkers and bases and it was REALLY cool and then I biked on down to watch the Labor Day parade. Talked w/ a guy there who had come down for it from Freeport and later, we saw this lady passing us and she had her hands full of candy and about 10 mins later, she came back saying she had lost her phone. We looked for it and had her call her phone but we didn't hear it ringing. It was getting hot outside and while I was going to go to Applebee's, I was already sweating after biking home just a mile. 92 degrees is right today! I helped my Mom cut down some trees w/ thick trunks! I am going to do that ride Wednesday since it will be cloudy that day!

Hmm, I might skip that Tour de Coal ride for one here next month called Do The Kish. It's a run, bike and something else event and you can do all 3 or individual events. The max mileage for the biking is 25 miles but I would need just one practice run on my mtb a few weeks prior to know how well my stamina is against dirt, and I need to find the location of the event too. Still can't find any info on the Cherryrock bike Trek so I will have to swing by after work tomorrow to look at the flyer.

Movies and clothes!

I saw 2 really good movies lately. One was about 170,000 Indian people needing to escape Kuwait after Saddam invaded and was killing Indians and Kuwaitis and the people who helped them get out, spearheaded by just 2 people! It's called Airlift and it has a really good relationship aspect as part of the story too. The 2nd movie is called The Way, about a pilgrimmage (walked or biked) through Spain called the Santiago de Camino and it's done by Martin Sheen, who plays a father grieving for his son who died on his very 1st day of doing the Camino. The son btw is played by his real son, Emilio Estevez and is based on a book and maybe true story, dk.


I am currently watching '71 and resting my muscles. I am doing my 3rd day this week of core soon. The Old Navy sales sucked btw! Guess when they have $10 jeans, you better go get them bc otherwise they go back up to $30. I just decided to get shirts and jeans at Walmart since we were going there afterwards anyways. I lucked out in spending $22 on a pair of capris, 5 undies, 1 t shirt and a sportsbra package of 3! I forgot to get my spare tubes for my hybrid though. I ordered a cool trunk bag instead of a basket.

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Today= great day!!

I set off to the bike path and within 3 miles, started to get really fast moving numbness again and I was about to call it quits when I realized that Area 251 bike shop was just up the road and only one block out of my way, so I stopped by and they raised my seat by a lot actually. It was too high though so the guy lowered it. I am on my toes but it's not tippy toes like the 1st time!

I do really love the 2nd part of the RRRP! It is nice, has sections by the river and has nice forested parts too! A couple times though I did get lost though in the parts that have forks hehe. I did get to Taco Johns ( WCFP HQ put up sign for the bike toll bridge and on my way back, I even rode in the bike lanes on Victory Lane since no sidewalks were there). Didn't get the 6 pack but opted for 2 tacos, medium drink and medium potato oles for $5.25! So stopping by here everytime I am going to Rock Cut and definitely making special trips too.

On my way back, I did have a close call. The path has a lot of curvy routes around trees ( trees are close together, no gaps, etc) and I came out of a turn to see a cyclist coming towards me as he was passing 2 joggers but I slowed down in time! My numbness was just a little present this time around and my back bones felt really sore where the end of my backpack rested ( all I had in there was a full water bottle), so I just need to get drinks as I bike and take my $, keys, sunglasses and ID in just some plastic bags ( yeah, stupid top tube bag doesn't secure tightly enough, maybe I can salvage it or look for a rear basket that is easy to take off and on).

Got in 20 miles but did have about 40 mins to an hour of walking the bike and the bike shop stop so my 2 1/2 hours to get there can't really be fair to gauge how I do w/ 20 miles from now on. Got home maybe 10 mins after I estimated my time to my Mom ( she has to work tonight soon). We went out to eat at Crackel Barrel a half hour later and they have this really cool, cute store to get through as you make your way to the restaurant. I forgot to say just meat and cheese on my burger so I had to scrape off the mayo. My Mom got a French Dip and since she's dieting, she said the food was hurting her stomach and when we got home after stopping by to use the free vacuuming by the car wash, she actually threw it up. She thought maybe the meat was bad but it didn't smell bad and she also told me her last piece of food, other than salads, was a whole week ago and it was 1 piece of KFC. I told her it's probably the latter.





Damn, didn't know til it was too late that the info stand by the path was JW!









Going to Old Navy tomorrow via car to take part in their Labor Day sales of $4 t shirts and 50% off all jeans! I told my biking buddy about it too. Oh, my biking buddy had me laughing yesterday. Morrissey isn't running for another term for Mayor and he ( my biking buddy ) actually told me it's a sad day for Rockfordians bc of that! I was like are you nuts? He doesn't done anything to help cops, only puts in sidewalks if someone gets hit, no real bike lanes and owes the city $, etc. My biking buddy changed the subject after that hehe!

Testy Thursday!

Needed my lights on for today's AM ride, mostly so ppl can see me coming and that. Stopped for bkft but the door wasn't open so took off for work. Man, there was a big blowout between Greg and D today! Some of us think Greg should be fired but we know he probably won't. Got in 7.15 hrs today and had an early dinner at Wendy's after having 2 bad stops after work ( 1 was to find the Chase ATM down so no depositing for me and then no McD's filet o fish or 6 chicken nuggets for me since both racks had wet paint on them!).

Hoping for a good (and earlyish day tomorrow) and hope for a breakfast stop too. My plans for Saturday have changed a little. My Mom wants us to go out to eat at Cracker Barrel since she has a giftcard, so instead of my eating at 3 different places and biking to Perryville and the RRRP, I am just going to bike out to Taco John's and back. It is still a really good trip since I will time myself to see how fast I get to 10 miles and to see how I handle the 30 miles roundtrip too. If I eat a cheeseburger at CB, I will either eat the fish sandwich or chicken tenders at Culver's on Monday ( and if NickelWorld is open, maybe get in a fun stop there too).

I am halfway through my BAA book and am now awaiting my Just Enough Light book ( New author I know but Amazon had it on sale, under $15 including S&H)! Transform Rockford had a survey for ppl to take, mostly about growing our economy w/ businesses coming here and attracting them and that and well I was pretty honest in saying that crime is an issue we need to tackle first before having businesses come here.



Next time I will take the pic after MY lights are on so it's easier to point out!
Time to start planning my #coffeeneuring stops! Sucks that 4 of them are all on the same stretch of road but what can you do? Hey, maybe Taco Betty's serves iced tea??
Yesterday was good. I had my same 2 machines and only a few green lights thanks to figuring out to keep my inserts high. I took my mtb since we were supposed to get rain again, and this time, coming home to just a few drops falling half a block from home! I have been entering this PureCycles contest for the past 10 wks and today, I saw that my entries for this week like were erased or something. Maybe that's why I haven't been winning? I will get in my 9-11 entries later today after my massive headache goes away ( maybe I shouldn't read while working?). My biking buddy had me rolling my eyes yesterday at stuff he was saying. He is obsessed w/ biking fast and that and mentioned how he saw Taylor ( young night shift guy) riding as fast as the cars the other day and then mention how his sister probably thinks of him 'mosying' along when he bikes since he is old ( when he is really hoofing it and keeping up w/ cars in parking lots).

I am debating my RRRP part of my trek since what if the missing section can't be navigated around safely? We'll see what happens! So far, street and satellite views look promising for a big part of Harlem by ways of big grassy areas and parking lots! Bc of this, I am planning on a Blackhawk Springs ride for next week and maybe even hiking at Oak Ridge if I can get a map for it ( I hate getting lost! ). Construction has officially started on RHA's quest to be all over Rockford and the South Towne residents are still pissed.


I am not holding my breath for my Fitness Singles or my PoF accounts. You just can't find someone not in the Midwest physical appearance and I want someone physically fit but not measuring their meals w/a scale or counting how many snacks I have in a week! That is more Cali though......Speaking of food, I lucked out by finding Devour frozen products at Logli's! I got the sausage/ravoli and the chicken/ waffles one too.

Thunderstorm Monday!

Got soaked on my way home! My damn library book ( Biking Across America) even got a little wet but hopefully, it's salvageable to not need to replace it! Today was actually pretty damn nice! Got my BK breakfast, had 2 machines w/ a couple greenlights and even got a helper in Eliza's husband working today (helping out on my machine for about an hour). Think I sweated off my breakfast haha, the AC wasn't on at work until after lunch!





I am really excited to go do my trek around town this weekend! I talked a lot w/ my biking buddy and he helped w/ what streets have parking lots and that. I am going to time myself to see how long it takes me to get to Forest Plaza ( Five Below, Old Navy, Taco Bell, and Outback are here), to Long Horn Steakhouse and to Perryville for Applebee's, Five Guys and to ride the Perryville Path.

Weekend plans....

Yesterday was supposed to be heavy rain off and on ( but didn't rain at all! ) so I was going to make my BCF '16 ride for today but then saw that the Chargers game is on ( ordering Domino's later when my Mom goes to work)!! I am going on Wednesday then and instead of Culver's, I am trying Applebee's new wood fired grill deal ($10 for meat entree and 2 really good sides! Only 1.5 miles away from HF, see how much of that is walking the bike due to no dips at the end of the sidewalks on Riverside), it also includes some safe route planning via satellite views and once I get to Forest Hills, I can take sidestreet Northridge parking lots to Hoyle. I am trying Culver's before going to Art Scene next weekend.


7:00 PM: Doing Applebee's this weekend since my Mom wants to go shopping on Wednesday...

Feel better today!

I did 2 walks today for 24 blocks total! Tried Subway's new rotisserie chicken sandwich and it is great! Also got a 6 inch roast beef sandwich for tonight's dinner ( yeah, $7 for 2 6 inches and a medium drink is a great deal!). I was thinking of getting either a handlebar bag/ basket or top tube bag for my hybrid to carry tools, snacks, maybe clothes and of course, keys, ID, $ and sunglasses. I was debating between 2 eBay choices based on size and colors and picked the cooler of the 2 for $4.00! I hope to use it IF I do the Tour de Coal/ other long rides...still doing my core and PT stuff soon...

Work and body issues....

So work yesterday was super long! I biked passed Deja as she walked down from the bus stop and was really surprised to see her since she missed her shift for the week the day before. She told me TBB told her to come in for Tuesday and Friday and I told her to tell D and J since sometimes he forgets to tell ppl certain things. I was asked, along w/ Shavon, if I could stay for the last run ( it was a double run,etc) but I didn't know it was cutting 40,000 2x until after I already said yes. While we only stopped like 2x for issues, it was still a long, hard job 😭 and we got in almost 13 hrs for that day! I was just an hour away from needing my headlight to be on and realized that I will be looking forward to that in fall riding! Just glad it was still 70 out so I didn't need my jacket..

I am reconsidering my long bike ride Thursday hehe! 😠 Idk if the left shoulder soreness/ tightness is bc I did my Level 3 workout for Day 3 after my 13 mile ride over the weekend on the same day, bc I did some mountain climbers yesterday or just the past 3 days activities all catching up. I really want to get in a ride this week though to participate in #THAT'SMYCHALLENGE by NBC. I will just rest my arms today, do my core stuff, do some more PT, stretches and have a hot soak to be sure!


Haha, some ppl at work have said things like 'oh, are we going to see you in the Olympics in 4 years' since hearing about all my bike things and training this year. I'm like well Armstrong is 42 and I am 10 yrs younger.....so maybe haha!😉

Freaking Monday!

Today had it's good moments and it's bad. I had Sienna's Kitchen after my long work day and also participated in 815 day for 8/15, get it? A lot of businesses had special deals and stuff and SK was 1 of them. One thing I am grateful for is that my pannier didn't come loose as I was biking home yesterday or this morning at 9 MPH, but rather as I was leaving work. One zip tie and retightening of the other bolts later once home and it's all good. Jesus, I hope I don't have the same 2 inserts as today!!!

New LJ style?

Well I changed my LJ style twice just now but still am just seeing my 1 column white background I had before. WTF? Hmm, my headache started to go away just as I set out to do just a quick 2.2 mile ride to $ Tree/Wendy's. I picked up crazy glue for my mirror, sunglasses chain, a hacksaw for the thin but strong tree growing by our side of my neighbor's fence and 2 handsoaps. I got to watch some Women's Water Polo as I had lunch, then dropped off Race to Redbox, and am now waiting for the women's kierin event as I do laundry.

I saw 5 bikes outside $ Tree! Idk why we aren't considered for anything bike related on a National level...

Lights, camera.....ACTION!

Haha, that's what I thought after passing CARTS guy on the way into work, our last block has some rough repaving on the intersection/crosswalk, so I slowed down ( + had some puddles since it had been raining) and when I made it across the bump (and onto the sidewalk), my front light flew off backwards ( and not frontwards like last time landing in my basket) and it managed to get caught between my leg and top tube! So yeah, time to get a new one and +, the light wasn't very water resistent either. I just purchased a cool looking light set ( hope the tail light fits in tab on my rear rack) called Benran Ultra light set ( https://www.amazon.com/Benran-Bright-Headlight-Taillight-Bicycle/dp/B0112C0GYY/ref=sr_1_18?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1471090997&sr=1-18&keywords=bike+lights) for $16 total. The front light is total eye catching!

I was looking at those Refun lights but they just look flimsy and dk if they have a strong a beam as the other lights. My new lights have what I was looking for: good mount, not too expensive, 3 different light settings for both and weather resistant.

I had a good day yesterday ( - my still having a problem putting the inserts in from 'scratch', have better time when it is already in there like usual). I was able to help out John for most of the day since my 2 machines were off/on, could get run high and only had 1 greenlight. Several of us think Deja will quit. She is scheduled yet again for just 1 day next week. Nick was supportive when he said I can bike 35 since I have done 20 and while techically, it's forecasted to be true if you can bike half, you can do the full length, but I want to be sure and not make myself look like a fool....


Oh, man, I woke up at 6 AM today due to a stiff neck/ shoulder and a massive headache. Sooo not doing my penciled in ride today. I might get to do my NickelWorld on the 17th, a little closer than the 24th but I will know more once the day gets closer.

So I think.....

My derauiller is bent on my fat tire. SOB wouldn't change gears and stayed in lowest gear meaning I had to walk the bike to and from work. Work was ok ( almost 9 hrs), I was excited at the thought of fixing my gear problem but that was when I thought it just needed grease. I might try to fix it sometime this week or take it to Kegel's once the Olympics are over. Btw, ykw was just a passing thought the other day re: the Olympics. I am cool w/ no more chats or calls regarding that and not being too involved in each other's lives.

I wasn't the only cyclist walking to my job today. CARTS guy got a flat again before leaving his house. On my way home, I saw him, I mentioned he should get slime tires and then told him more about my issue. I wanted to ride my fat tire this week to burn off carbs that I would have had I done the ride this weekend, but it looks like my hybrid is back in hehe! I could have burned quite a lot still though w/ walking the damn thing!
I am currently watching the whitewater kayak event of the Rio Olympics and the event before ( women's road cycling) and, man, that was some finish! I REALLY want a road bike haha! But I think I can get my hybrid to be a good long distance bike. Today's Olympics kept me from doing my ride but I am planning on doing it (along w/ getting in a hike the next day) the week after the Olympics ends ( and the weekend, a 30 mile ride and maybe hiking at Rock Cut)! I am doing my Level 3 core exercises soon though:). I am also going to ride my fat tire bike once or twice this week.

One thing I found hard not to notice was that I was not talking to ykw about the Olympic events. We've had like 4 Olympics in our past but hey, this is my life going back to how it was before her.

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