Hurricane

Since we’ve been cleaning our favorite stretch of highway, the most discarded item has been the Busch Light beer can, consistently through the years. Busch Light has been dethroned by Hurricane, a malt liquor from the same manufacturer, so Anheuser-Busch retains the distinction of being the most-littered company.

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It is a cold and wet spring; not the most conducive to training for a coast-to-coast ride…then again, we will be riding in all kinds of weather so I’d best hit the road. Last week’s evening club rides were rained out. Sunday’s ride was cold and wet and started an hour earlier than the previous Sunday rides. I missed it. After cleaning the highway I got on the bike for a “choose your own adventure” loop of unknown distance. The temperature topped out at about 50 degrees (10 C).

I headed out on favorite highway F to ID (old US 151) with a plan to turn down JG to Little Norway. I was feeling good along the ridge and missed the turn, deciding I might as well ride along the ridge into Mount Horeb and take JG to Stewart Lake instead. And so it went. An unplanned ride, long enough to get some exercise, not long enough to get tired after 4 miles of walking up and down the highway picking up beer cans.

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was a middleweight boxer in the 1960s. Being the child of a boxer, I grew up watching boxing on TV every weekend. As Dylan’s song tells, Carter was wrongly convicted of murder. He was eventually released from prison and died of prostate cancer at the age of 76. He was cared for at the end by John Artis, who had been convicted of murder along with Carter but released on parole. After two dubious convictions, all charges against both were dropped eventually. Carter later worked to exonerate other people who were wrongly convicted.

Author: halffastcyclingclub

We are a group of friends who ride bikes. Some of us are fast, some of us are slow, all of us are half-fast. In 2018, one of us rode coast to coast across the US. It was so much fun, he's doing it again in 2022! If we meet Sal Paradise, we'll let you know.

5 thoughts on “Hurricane”

  1. The bike to nowhere and I are now riding in “Austria…” The bike to somewhere is soon to come out of the garage. I guess while you’re crossing the country on a bike I will attempt to ride SOMEWHERE. One man’s note is another man’s symphony, I guess.

    Actually, I’m trying to find someone to join me on a bike ride in Leadville, CO. So far no one is interested. I’ve gotten responses like, “Yeah, nice looking trail” instead of “Wow! Let’s go!” It’s a pretty 11 mile ride on a paved trail that goes around the town with amenities like benches and markers explaining historical sites. The elevation change is only 1000 feet from 9000 to 10,000 but since I live at 7700 I don’t think that’s a huge problem. I think it would be fun. OH well. I was thinking about all my solitary hikes and rides over the decades and realized that I shouldn’t be surprised. Meanwhile, I’m riding farther in “Austria” to get ready.

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    1. If you get to Vienna, check out the Opera House and, if you make it to Eistenstadt, be sure to see the Esterhazy Palace. In Leadville, there is Floyd’s of Leadville, a purveyor of cannabis products owned by a former professional bike racer. Living at 7700 feet, you probably have better lung capacity than we mere mortals down here, so I don’t think 9 or 10,000 feet will bother you.

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      1. Oh, my Austrian rides don’t go near any cities. I have been to Floyd’s of Leadville on behalf of a friend who is an ardent fan of cannabis. I had no idea it had anything to do with bicycle racing but maybe that’s why (it appears) that Leadville is a VERY bike centered city. My plan is to rent a bike so I don’t have to deal with transporting mine. I have asthma, but it’s not a big deal in warm weather and I have an inhaler and it’s not a bike race. I’m still hoping to convince one of my friends it’s a GREAT idea. But maybe a blogging pal in Boulder will be easier to persuade.

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