Miles: 54.43
Total Elevation Gain (ft): 2527
Weather: Clear, Sunny, Temperate
Hillbilly Insults: 1
Roadkill: 0

Vladmir Putin calls "real men" nastoyashi muzhik. It has connotations beyond American translation that embodies the goofy machismo that Russian men are supposed to possess. That's why you see him hugging bears, wrestling tigers shirtless and whacking Ukranian presidential candidates.

Anyway, I know I'm a mere gnat compared to the fellas that endured Tarawa and Bataan, but I felt like a nastoyashi muzhik today. I didnt do a single trial beforehand, so my first real ride atop the Soviet-style Salsa Fargo today was an accomplishment for me. A 70lb steel rig is a far cry from the featherlight carbon fiber road weenie bikes I'm fortunate to own. I had doubts about climbing on such a beast, but found that if I just put my head down and ground the low gears at a molasses pace, I was fine. In fact, the freight train momentum and speed on descents was far more cringe inducing. It's a white knuckle experience to hit nearly 40 mph on a state highway with trucks and a narrow shoulder.
The Columbia River Gorge is spectacular. A friend told me that im riding the wrong direction, since this scenery would be a great capstone to a long journey. Ho-Hum.
Miles: 54.43
Total Elevation Gain (ft): 2527
Weather: Clear, Sunny, Temperate
Hillbilly Insults: 1
Roadkill: 0

Vladmir Putin calls "real men" nastoyashi muzhik. It has connotations beyond American translation that embodies the goofy machismo that Russian men are supposed to possess. That's why you see him hugging bears, wrestling tigers shirtless and whacking Ukranian presidential candidates.

Anyway, I know I'm a mere gnat compared to the fellas that endured Tarawa and Bataan, but I felt like a nastoyashi muzhik today. I didnt do a single trial beforehand, so my first real ride atop the Soviet-style Salsa Fargo today was an accomplishment for me. A 70lb steel rig is a far cry from the featherlight carbon fiber road weenie bikes I'm fortunate to own. I had doubts about climbing on such a beast, but found that if I just put my head down and ground the low gears at a molasses pace, I was fine. In fact, the freight train momentum and speed on descents was far more cringe inducing. It's a white knuckle experience to hit nearly 40 mph on a state highway with trucks and a narrow shoulder.
 


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Alan Openshaw
06/02/2013 12:07am

Proud of you man! Just a few miles more to go (relatively speaking).

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06/02/2013 12:31am

I'm excited as always to hear about your cycling adventures! I think you've figured out the best summer holiday ever. Mlj x

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Brandy Moore
06/02/2013 6:53am

Woooo hooo!!!! Enjoy the adventure. No doubt it will be life changing!

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ann marie anderson
06/02/2013 7:26am

Happy cycling! Looking forward to sharing this journey vicariously through your blog!

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Ashok
06/02/2013 7:39am

Good Luck John. This is amazing..
Nice writing too!

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Theresa
06/02/2013 7:49am

I'm thrilled and worried for you Jon!! Stay safe!! So happy you're living one of your dreams!

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Jess
06/02/2013 8:21am

It has begun! See ya out there at some point in your travels...will be following along the rest of the ride via your entertaining rendition. Cheers.

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Katy
06/02/2013 9:06am

God speed!

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dug
06/02/2013 6:36pm

I thought I'd be intentionally irritating lol. lol.i could perhaps type and not punk chew ate or spel crectly lol!! UR cool!! lol!

Your pal, Doug

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Smith
06/02/2013 8:46pm

That's what I am talking about superman. Eat, rest, ride and be safe by all means!

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Jonathan Leahey
06/02/2013 9:54pm

Doug, you crack me up, fool. You need to get a blog or radio show of your own!

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