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Sunday, May 12, 2002
Replaced the sprocket and chain on the old Trek mountain bike. With the new rear derailleur, it's in better shape now than it has been in years. With my luck it's probably time for the frame to crack or some such thing. The bike probably has around 10,000 miles on it, but I hope to get a few more thousand before I'm through. The good thing about having an older bike is that I worry much less about it getting stolen than my newer bikes, even with the new components. I understand why many bike messengers in DC dress down their regular bikes to make them less attractive to the bad guys.

Fed my gardening urge by planting some vegetables at The Home. The ladies seemed uninterested, but it will give us something to do when we visit each week.

Rode the Tour de Madison yesterday, the 46-mile loop. The ride was in a beautiful area. We passed by Montpelier, the home of James Madison, and stopped at the town of Orange for a snack. It was an excellent ride that we look forward to each year.

The Touring season has begun. The Giro (Tour of Italy) started yesterday with the prologue. Tyler Hamilton had a rather spectacular beginning when he went head over heals into the barrier early in the prologue. He recovered OK and even had a good finishing time. Super Mario was quite a site in his Tiger skin suit yesterday, and his zebra team suit today as he won his 35th Giro stage, a record.

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