The Answer is 42

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Who are we to argue with Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy that provided the answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything” as 42. Expressed in miles, that is also the bicycle ride distance when various under-trained body parts start to complain and a cold drink starts to sound like a really good idea.

Today, the first of our vacation, we managed to ride the Scott 42 miles, not as fast as earlier this year before spending too much time in the office, but at a reasonable pace for just loafing along.  Tomorrow and the rest of the week offers the promise of more of the same.

Eddy, the Scott’s onboard computer, provides the readouts pictured below.  That odometer mileage total counts the miles on the Scott Addict we purchased a little less than 13 months ago from Paul Carbone’s nearby Oro Valley Bicycle Shop.


Memorial Day 2010

On Memorial Day, many of us feel a need to do something that provides a connection to our days in the U.S. Army.  In the late sixties, I was stationed in Germany with the 1st of the 81st Pershing Missile Battalion.   My personally assigned weapon was John Moses Browning’s legendary 1911.  That well-worn handgun was not nearly as accurate in my hands as today’s more modern versions, but certainly helped create the affection I feel for that design.   Therefore, I decided to ride a mountain bike to the Pima Pistol Club and shoot a few rounds of .45 ACP through a modern 1911 as an observance of Memorial Day.

Check in at the Pima Pistol Club

Check in at the Pima Pistol Club

All shooters must check in before proceeding to the firing areas.  Ranges three and four are for member’s use.  A couple of friends were shooting on four, so I joined them.

2.-Target

After setting a target at about 15 yards, a picture seemed appropriate.  That puff of dust near the berm 50 yards in the distance is a bullet strike from a fellow shooter to my right.

1911 and ammo ready to go

1911 and ammo ready to go

Pima Pistol Club shooting bench tops are usually carpeted to keep the works of art many of us shoot there free of scratches.  Here you see the pistol of the day and 50 rounds of .45 ACP.  The ammunition travels nestled in the second bicycle water bottle.  The pistol travels “cocked and locked” in a holster on my waist.  After all, this is Arizona.

After shooting

After shooting

Now that all the “magic smoke” has escaped, these spent cartridges are only useful to my friends who reload.  They always seem pleased to receive them.

5.-Target-Results

No range session is complete without a look at the target.  Shooting at a distance of 15 yards with a thoroughly modern 1911 reminds me of the less impressive results we achieved with GI versions many years ago.  Although I never fired one in anger, it makes me appreciate the bravery of those who often staked their lives on similar weapons during the wars fought in our sometimes-heroic, recent history.

To all those veterans of past conflicts fought to keep our nation free, “I salute you.”

Quick Trip to Oracle

Back from a Gorgeous Fall Ride

Back from a Gorgeous Fall Ride

Today was partly sunny with light breezes (mostly) and temperatures in the middle 70’s Fahrenheit.  So, of course, we went for a ride.

Montage of Cyclometer Readings

Montage of Cyclometer Readings

Early breezes were favorable, so we expected a great average.  But, when we turned around the breeze had stiffened and was in our face after all.  Still, we are pleased with the results after only 2000 miles of training this season.