Mile Marker 61

I promised myself I would ride long and far for my birthday. Still standing at the end of the ride ... Still not proud of that stomach.
I promised myself I would ride long and far for my birthday. Still standing at the end of the ride … Still not proud of that stomach.

Three guys with thighs out to the next county glided silently past Steven as he pedaled uphill. The calves of the fourth rider were ropes of muscle as he vanished around a broad sweeping left-hand curve.

It’s days like this on the bike that Steven knows he is never ever going to set a land-speed record.

Just a personal best.

On Tuesday, Steven will be 61. Today, he rode 30+ miles on the bike.

Promises made. Promises kept.

Do not go gentle into that good night — Dylan Thomas.

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It looks like it will be “barn red”

Jacquela and Steven carried the paint samples for the garage exterior out to Emerald Hill.

Today was overcast. We need to see the samples in bright sun.

Barn Red is the horizontal strip of Hardieboard at the top of the samples, with the yellow unpainted end.

The two colors to the left, and the third at lower right, skew toward orange. We are not going to do orange in a state that is crazy about burnt orange. The red sample in the middle at right reads maroon.

A close up shot of the five samples, barn red at top.
A close up shot of the five samples, barn red at top.
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Curing the garage slab with rain

Concrete cures best if it is kept wet. The weather cooperated, delivering a storm overnight.

Wind blew the tarp off the stacked lumber. Now it must remain exposed to weather if it is to dry out.

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Ghostly Sunday

The painters are priming everything that is not already primed, including the front door, above.

Here's what the front door looks like from inside.
Here’s what the front door looks like from inside.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 1.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 1.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 2.
Primed doors, stacked in bedroom 2.

 

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