I'd like to give a heartfelt "Thank you!" to the kind cyclist who rescued me today on Hicks Road near Guadalupe Reservoir. I was sixteen miles from home and nine miles from civilization, and without your generous gift of a spare patch, this would have been an intolerable end to an ignoble week.
On a related note, I don't think I'm going to forget this any time soon. The whole thing was my fault, as is generally the case, but in a particularly dumb way this time. I always bring my patch kit and tools with me every time I ride to work, which is just about 8 miles each way, and really close to transit and stuff should anything happen. The one day that I went on a longish trip was the one day I did not bring my kit, and of course this was also the one day that I did get a flat during a ride. The whole thing is almost comical: it happened at the very tail end of the ride, at precisely the point where I had decided I would turn around. Any earlier or later and it would have been a shorter limp home: it happened in the absolute worst place possible, as far as distance is considered.
I do count myself lucky, though. Not only for the good Samaritan with a patch: also because I had discovered a flat tire on my bike just a few weeks ago, in the comfort of my home, where I could turn to Sloane and take my time figuring out how to safely change a tire. So I was fortunate to have that knowledge fresh in my head when I was sitting in the dirt at the side of the road, cheerfully manhandling rubber.
In totally unrelated news: I have discovered that Picasa web albums have a hard limit of 250 albums. This annoys me. Granted, I'm predisposed to be in a bad mood, but it's especially aggravating because there is no official documentation anywhere explaining this. I still have ample free space left, and I had to dig around online for a while before I found an (unofficial) explanation of the problem.
So, how did I get up to 250 albums in just a few years? First, I post a new album for each of my hikes, which means about 50 a year just from that. Second, I took a ton of pictures in my trip to Japan, and split that into a whole bunch of albums... there's just under 100 albums there. So, that doesn't leave a lot of space for the other, incidental pictures I occasionally take.
As a solution, I think I'll start manually deleting my oldest albums. I haven't decided yet whether to trim them all equally or focus on removing old hikes, which are of minimal interest to people other than me. This is just a heads-up to let everyone know that I'm not trying to disappear myself or rewrite history... I'm just reacting to the situation on the ground. If you happen to want copies of anything, I still keep originals of all my photos on my hard drive and am always happy to share!