The parts in between

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Neither here nor there. Yesterday is behind you, tomorrow over the horizon. It’s the part in between that matter. Enjoy the now. Sure, it’s a false flat, with a headwind, and the fading light of evening. Miles to go before I sleep and all that. What would you rather be doing, growing soft behind some god damn desk? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Get on with it. You’ll be glad you lived through this when you’re sitting at that god damn desk.


Life is like that, ain’t it? A long string of barely tolerable places, people, and events that somehow come together to make us who we are. Don’t dwell on it too long. It’ll just make your head hurt.

Long rides and cold beer. Chasing each other up hills. Counting the rides without flats. Then counting silently to not jinx the enterprise.

I wonder what the gnome is doing right now?

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

18 Replies to “The parts in between”

  1. the gnome is probably getting his ride on – as you should be – as i will be as soon as dominic puts my cranks back on my road bike.

  2. Nice one. At first I was concerned about “barely tolerable” part. Pretty dark. Then I had a deep thought: Some things are barely tolerable, some are so awesome I can barely tolerate their ending…

  3. Sprocket3030 your statement is about one of the truest I’ve heard in a long time.

  4. “Teach a man to fish…”, yadda yadda. Justy sayin’, if I can install a set of cranks…

  5. Oh, and Sprocket? Maybe sometimes we tolerate things just because it feels so good when they stop.

  6. I had a bad ride today. Suffered bad, never found a rhythm, watched all the old guys ride away from me on the hills. And it was way better than my best days behind the desk. That’s just how it goes.

  7. I had a great ride today. Fixed gear. Flew up the hills and felt like I had a tailwind both ways. Yesterday I was on the geared bike and dragged my sorry ass along like a ruptured duck. Somedays you eat the bear, yadda yadda.

  8. Well I finally got back from Vail, where I successfully ground every single dude in our group to a nub in the moguls. What are friends for? Unemployment is flippin’ schweet. Yesterday was first tracks all day under huckin’ snow in the North Cascades. Damn, and I barely have time for another trip to Schweitzer Mtn. ID, Whistler/Blackcomb BC and Lake Tahoe CA before spring arrives. Okay, Tahoe in April is pretty spring-like. Winter is short folks, get out there and get some.

    I might buy a new bike this week.

  9. I think they give you about 20h…

    I’ll probably be doing the Bike Across Kansas the next week (this is how far out I have to plan). My gf’s sister will be back from Afghanistan and wants us to do the ride with her.

    Hopefully 2013 will be a very bike centered year.