SteveZee wrote:Thanks everyone for the kind comments about my little old cat. She did pass on .... and I was with her.
She had a good long life. No one likes the idea of being alone when they die and I'll bet kitty was very much at peace because she could be with you at the end. Thanks for caring for her.
I could tell a trials bike story every day forever I think. For those that don't know, the sport is called "Observed trials". A judge watched each rider ride a "section", and each time you lose balance & put a foot to the ground, you get a point. At the end of the day, low score wins. The sections are extremely difficult terrain.... logs, hill climbs, stream beds, mud, corners so tight that you can't drive them, you must hop your front (or rear) wheel in order to negotiate the corner. You rarely shift gears in a section, you mostly you just start in whatever gear it's going to take.
I remember one hill climb in PA. You had 15 feet across a stream to get going, then up, up, up. Just before the top, hang a U-turn & back down, and must stop and turn hard left at the bottom. I was looking at it before my ride. A rider next to me asked "you think 2nd gear?" I said "No way! That's third for sure". He happened to go before me. He used third, did everything right, yet, failed. In my head I said "Oh my God, it's fourth". I had never used fourth gear for a hill climb. I did that time. Standing still in fourth gear, engine wide open full throttle... lot's of clutch...across the stream, and up, up, up, oh my God I'm going to make it! Dabbed a foot in the U-turn, then both tires nearly locked all the way down. I made the turn & out the gate. I was happy as heck to get only one point! SO many sections are still clear in my head, and my heart beats a little faster just to type about them.
Oops... I'm rambling! That's because I'm a little bit special.