An additional factor was that the weather looked to be a reprise of Chico - cool and wet. So Team Red Pearl Racing celebrated TUC weekend by cleaning floors, carpets, windows, refrigerator, siting a greenhouse, etc - all stuff that has been radically missing from our lives for a bit too long to be comfortable, especially with another travel weekend (Davis Double) coming up.
But Jim was up for the weekend, and riding. He reported that the TUC was, indeed, cool and wet. It wasn't actually raining at the start, but made up for it by being raining pretty much all the way over Panther Gap to Honeydew. That meant that by the time he got his first flat, he was already out of the worst of it. He also made excellent use of the pedal-braking technique described in my last post.
A lot of people shortened their ride by doing the metric (as had happened at Chico). In the remote land of the Unknown Coast, there aren't as many options to bail out or be sagged home. Jim finished out the century and arrived back in Arcata, apparently none the worse for wear - but having had a slightly longer day than he'd planned.
While he was gone, we were cooking up a little bit of fun: a BBQ and a turn of the RBB. We'd had a nice pasta feed the night before at Mary's house, and Jim handed us a half flat of strawberries. It's not quite strawberry season on the North Coast, but further south, near Hopland, is a very productive field and farm stand.
What, you ask, is the RBB? RBB stands for Recumbent Bike Blender. This was a once-upon-a-time project of the Healthy Communities Division (where I work) and the HSU engineering department. The goal was to make a pedal-powered blender. The kids who make it did a great job with the engineering concept, but the blender hadn't been used for a few years and the word I got from my coworkers was that it needed some help. So I brought it home and let Bill puzzle over it. Bill is crazy good with mechanical stuff, and he figured out a couple of minor things that would make it work a lot more efficiently, and did them, and hooked the whole works up to a Musashi. We'd made a couple of "easy" smoothies (yogurt, juice, and soft fruit) but we wanted to push the envelope a bit.
So - off to Margaritaville we went. Since Jim had already ridden 100 miles, we figured he was warmed up, and let him have at it. With minor adjustments (more liquid to keep the ice from jamming in the blades), we were off and blending. Here's a photo of Jim hard at work: