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Forum topic by sras posted 07-12-2010 06:21 AM 953 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sras

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07-12-2010 06:21 AM

I am not one for keeping track of my posts, but this seems like a milestone. So – I’ll post this here. For those of you that are interested, I’ll add a few other details of my life these days. In addition to posting 1000 posts in 253 days…

Today is my 50th birthday. I had a nice day with a barbeque with several of my firends. The best part of the day was helping my youngest son (19) build a picture frame for his girlfriend. I’ll post it later. Still need final shaping and finish…

My mother is dealing with stage 4 ovarian cancer. We just found out a month ago. Not what I expected to be handling at this point, but life is what happens when you are making other plans… She has had surgery and chemo is in the near future. We are hopeful for a few more years of good memories…

We are training to do RAGBRAI with our two oldest sons (21 & 23). A big event with several logistical challenges. For those of you who may think Iowa is flat you are WRONG! We will pedal 450 miles and climb over 14,000 feet in 7 days.

Best wishes to all of you!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive


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#1 posted 07-12-2010 06:35 AM

happy 50 !

and happy 1,010 coments too , just where in iowa is 14,000 ft ?

i can’t imagine it has grown that much since i was there in ‘58 !

google :

The topography of Iowa consists of a gently rolling plain that slopes from the highest point of 1,670 ft (509 m) in the northwest to the lowest point of 480 ft (146 m) in the southeast at the mouth of the Des Moines River. About two-thirds of the state lies between 800 ft (244 m) and 1,400 ft (427 m) above sea level; the mean elevation of land is 1,100 ft (336 m).

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-12-2010 06:39 AM

Thanks David!

The 14,000 feet is accumulative. It is 7,000 hills at an average of 200 feet per hill…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 06:43 AM

We did the ride in 2006 and the ride took place between the elevations of 900 and 1500 feet. That ride had an accumulative elevation gain of over 23,000 feet. I am sure this year’s ride is similar.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-12-2010 06:44 AM

that’s what i thought ,
after googleing for my last comment ,

it’s all relative thought ,
you are also dropping 14,000 feet ,
so you get to coast for half of the trip ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-12-2010 06:49 AM

True, but coasting for 200 feet is not much of a rest. Here in Washington, I can climb to 10 miles and then coast for 10 and THAT is a nice rest!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 07-12-2010 06:57 AM

spending the time with your boy ,

sound like it is all good .

the best for mom too ,
my prayers are with you all in this .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 07-12-2010 10:46 AM

Happy birthday, Steve!
Glad you got a moment to celebrate AND do some woodworking!
At 50… riding in those elevations… you must be in great shape!!! ;-)
Sorry about your mom. I guess we take the good with the bad… but the bad is really no fun.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 02:42 PM

Happy B-Day, Steve.

Our prayers for you, your Mom and your family.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 03:03 PM

Happy 50th Birthday and your 1000th post Steve. I was 50 a little over 20 years ago, so you still have a lot of life to look forward to. I’m very sorry to hear about your mother’s illness and I hope her treatment will be effective and give her a full recovery.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-12-2010 04:16 PM

Thanks for the good wishes everyone! It is a pleasure to be part of this community.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 07-12-2010 04:25 PM

Oh and I should make a correction to my earlier hill climbing example. The bike ride is roughly 700 hills averaging 200 feet each. 7,000 hills at 200 feet each would be a little bit more total climbing ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 07-12-2010 07:05 PM

As one who lives in Iowa I can attest that much (maybe “most”) of Iowa is not flat but we don’t have mountains, we have hills.

RAGBRAI is ridden on the roads of course. However, the best bike riding here is on the trails. We have a complete network of trails that have been made on old abandoned railroad beds. Very scenic. Very enjoyable.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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