- vote for increases in the minimum wage, or for candidates for office who endorese that cause
- boycott Wal-Mart and other companies who do not pay living wages or give appropriate benefits. Wal Mart keeps prices low and pofits high by abusing their workers–paying low wages and not providing health and other benefits.
- learn about the presidential candidates, and vote for whomever has the best healthcare policy. even though the president doesn’t yield as much domestic power as you think, they still have some sway.
- support low cost housing initiatives. a finger in the leaking dike is better than nothing. (especially considering the government isn’t really motivated to do anything
The route began with a ride through mostly rolling terrain in eastern-central Pennsylvania. The temperature was much cooler than previous days, a welcome change. We were flanked on both sides of the road by fields of green corn and golden wheat, and the hillsides in the distance were covered with a blanket of deep green trees.
Near the end of the day, the main event began: a long, steep climb up an Appalachain mountainside. I had stopped in the valley to take pictures of Nate and David Mollitor, and had to chase to attempt to catch up. Nate, in a previous day’s accident, had bent his derailleur hanger, and was stuck with his easiest gear being an 39×21 (instead of his still steep 39×23). But he had a commanding lead, and I had to make an all-out effort (200-250W, 185-190 b/min HR) to try to keep him in sight. I have to say the Rotor Q ring and 27t cassette did a great deal to help me chase him up to the summit, which was capped with a breathtaking view … and a biker bar that was exactly as you would imagine it. We must have been quite a sight for the grizzled motorcyclists inside in our sleek jerseys and spandex shorts-as much as the bearded bartender and leather chaps-clad waitress were a sight for us to behold.
The church in Knobsville was a bit more conservative than the others we have stayed in–our introduction to the Burned Over District–and featured a wall-sized mural of waters crashing around a grey-haired man. The pasta dinner really filled us up, and they provided a wonderful pancake and egg breakfast for the next day’s adventures.
I would like to publicly thank Glenn Swan for all of the high class gear, and for teaching me everything I know about bikes. It all came in very useful as I’m pretty much the team mechanic. Mariah, one of the leaders works at Quad Bikes and has a stable of bikes that rivals Al’s motorcycle collection. In quantity as well as price! But my San Lorenzo is probably lighter than anything she’s got. heh heh heh.
Also, thanks to Mark Harrison for the sweat gutr, which I haven’t tried out yet.
AND most importantly, thanks to Howie at Rotor for the Q Rings- and I’m already looking forward to the bbq waiting for us in colorado. mmm. I have them in the lowest setting, and can’t tell that much difference. I’ll try setting II soon, stay tuned
In gear recommendations so for, I’m very impressed with some Pearl Izumi full finger MTB gloves, with a light mesh cover and ventilated palm, they’re close to perfect. they have a big crash pad under the heel of the hand, which isn’t so great, but they’re not designed for road so i’ll cut them some slack.
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