16th Ride Report, Part 1.
On Saturday, there were 4 of us who continued on the long route. There was Joe O., Jerry, Chuck, and myself. We were having a great ride until major ideological differences arose in the group. In one camp there’s myself, who is totally dependent on my Garmin GPS to tell me every single thing to do on the road and Chuck, who isn’t against high-tech cycling gadgets but he DOES NOT trust his GPS, for one reason or another, but uses it anyway. THEN! … there’s Old School Jerry and Old School Joe O., who are self-proclaimed, “Hippy cyclists who ride off the land and take only what the roads give them. Preferring to ride off the grid.” I overheard them say, “We don’t need a GPS to tell us when we are climbing. We simply notify each other by yelling out, “HILL!” I know, I know, this is just out right ridiculous! I tried, all day to convince them of the advantages of high-tech gadgets in cycling but they weren’t hearing it.
None of us foresaw the following though. When we reached 100+ miles, Old School Joe and Jerry were in shock to learn that the systems that they were using to keep track of their mileage exhibited some major flaws. Their mileage rolled over at 100 miles! As it turns out, they were using systems that were affected by Y2K!
If you see these guys, please share with them the pros of keeping up with the times. Friends shouldn’t let friends ride old school.