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  1. You are one of the kindest people I've never met. My Grandmother had MS and was bedridden. Then she developed dementia. My Grandfather took care of her on his own. They had an aid and nurse come on some days, but the burden fell mostly to him. He refused to put her in a home. She died at home about 15 years ago, he's going to be 99 in a couple of months. I had a friend, only 37, who had planned to die at home. It got to be too much for her husband, so they last few days were spent in a hospice They stopped feeding her and giving her IVs, only oral, liquid pain meds they squirt
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  2. With Valentine's Day coming up there will be lots of focus on romance and love, and most of them will focus on the young romance aspect. But your care and actions demonstrate a truly selfless love that has grown stronger over time and through the tribulations of life. This can't be easy, but you have been a wonderful role model to your family on how a man treats the woman he loves.
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  3. Thank you, she deserves the best. She is a wonderful lady.
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  4. What a demonstration of love, John
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  5. Thanks John for posting this. So glad we got to meet Esther a couple years ago on the bike ride. Such a good memory. You both are in our prayers.
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  6. Smudge, don't be so hard on yourself. You are a studdette. The fact of the matter here is that not many people would even try it. There are men that won't ride in the snow and harsh conditions. Plus your bike is really burly and maybe a little big for you to maneuver easily. Big bikes are tough on techs trail. Please reconsider giving up on racing, unless you are truly not having fun. We don't want to see you miserable. For the enduro, I trained for 5 months. I trained so hard for that series. I was putting in like 80-100 mile weeks with over 10,000 feet of elevation a week. That ra
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  7. From what I see going on in the world I think I have a more normal life than a lot of people. My wife is doing much better. She still can’t sit up or stand but her pain is less. Her burn on her back is almost healed up. The expensive burn ointment the hospice nurses kept putting on her burn were not helping and I over ruled them and switched to triple antibiotic ointment. Every time I get stitched up from a bike crash or a skin cancer surgery that’s what they always tell me to use. After my wife had breakfast this morning she went to sleep. I put on a playlist of Beatles love songs and li
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  8. Keep fighting the good fight John. She sounds like a special lady and you're not too bad yourself. She's lucky to have you.
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  9. Thanks Keith, your prayers are appreciated. She still talks about that ride.
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  10. I love your posts and happy, positive attitude. The world needs more Longjohns.
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  11. Definitely! And some kind of front suspension...my brain hurt the last few miles because the route becomes so rough.
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  12. That's beautiful, I've never sent such empty paths.
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  13. Nice photos. It looks like you had decent weather.
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  14. That actually looks pretty cool! Gravel is ok if you have the tires for it, you are right.
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  15. We enjoyed this ride, too, a couple of years ago when we were there. Your pictures take me back.
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  17. Wow...great pics...I could live there I too would be interested in vintage fleas
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  18. Well done. It feels like I could go and ride it by the pictures. What town has the vintage flea? PS- I did not even know we had blogs here.
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  19. Thank you for your encouraging words. I think I may have been able to ride more if I had aired down, and I totally agree that the Bulldozers aren't good for snow. And it is my first winter on this bike. I was in complete awe at how hard you trained for your races. That was amazing. I'll never truly race, but maaayyyybe I'll give this event another shot just to complete it. Thanks again for your kind words. They mean a lot coming from a cyclist who gets it.
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  20. I think I could have fun on a fat bike in the snow if it had a big enough engine, oh wait, been there done that, have the trophies somewhere. I used to race hare scrambles all winter 45 years ago, dang I'm old. Congratulations on the ride. You do a great ride report too.
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  21. That was nice of you to help him out.
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  22. Looks like a beautiful ride.
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  23. Great report, Smudge! and great pics. Glad you had a good time.
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  24. Glad you had a good time. (I do remember the Queensboro Bridge being one of the worst bottlenecks.) Thanks for the narrative and the photos, and glad your injury wasn't worse.
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  25. Yay you are still alive. Great report and pictures too. I have been waiting to hear how it went. The logistics of getting in and out of the city with all those people are what have kept me from doing the event.
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  26. Sounds like you had a great time,  thanks for the awesome write up.
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  27. Bravo! Thanks for the great travelogue!
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  28. Thanks guys. I've spent quite a bit of time preparing for this. I think I lucked out with my "home base." I am about 2 blocks from a subway line that will be "easy" for travel to and from the airport and into the city for stuff I want to do. Very excited, but yes, "apprehension" is a good word. Can't believe I'm actually doing this! hee hee.,..
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  29. I've tried to follow it, but it's been hard.  I think she will be getting a fair amount of jail time from the last report I was able to read. It was a nice ride, but I couldn't bring myself to do it last year.  People getting killed during a fun ride really puts a damper on things.
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