Descended Like A Butterfly, Stung By A Bee

It’s the end of the summer, and that means it’s time to grab a bike or two and get outta town:

I don’t think I’ll be getting mixed up in any group rides, though there could be the occasional bear:

Of course, while large mammals get all the attention it’s really the insects you’ve got to watch out for, and for the second year in a row I’ve already incurred what’s now becoming my annual hornet sting to the gut. I seem to collide with them while descending, at which point they deploy their payload right into the flabbiest part of my abdomen. But I suppose it’s my fault for not adopting a more aerodynamic position as well as proper headgear, because if I did maybe these ornery Apoidea would pass right over me like so much vapor:

Either that or I’ll just start wearing body armor t-shirts:

Yes, it’s more expensive than a PNS jersey, but it’ll stop a stinger, and it could also come in handy during hunting season:

Then again the PNS jersey is no doubt a lot more flexible, thus facilitating on-the-bike reacharounds:


In any case, while I’m serving as a human pin cushion for the next two weeks I’ll still be passing through here, albeit in a half-assed fashion–though maybe quarter-assed is more accurate given that half-assery is me at maximum input. Nevertheless, even though I’m not vanishing completely, I’ll take this juncture to thank you very, very much for your readership as well as your continued support.


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