The Madam is Late

My update is delayed but our potatoes were not. We have several official potatoes with magnets for their refrigerators.

Pump up the Yam rode the Reedville Velodrome to complete the miles needed for his magnet, totaling 108.5 miles and helping a turtle along the way – those first responders never stop. M&M Tater is over the finish line as well with 105.8 miles and yours truly, Madam Tuber, is done with 103.05 miles. Tuber Effect wrapped up Le Tour with 102.65 miles and a new magnet. Finishing close together are Nip it in the Spud with 101.74 miles and Mystery Spud, earning magnet number 7, with 101.5 miles. Tubermore and SpudStrong are both also official now with 100.99 miles and 100.07 miles respectively. Congratulations to all of newest official potatoes

Potato Happenings:

In other potato happenings, we’re over 15,000 miles (almost to 16K) and have just about 170 potatoes off the couch…fewer DUD SPUDS in the making. You should be in the 60-70 mile range if you’re spreading it out evenly over the three weeks. You’ll see those just over half way highlighted below.

Pacific Potato was out for the longest ride of his tour, borrowing his father’s bike while visiting home. Pommes Soufflées is also out riding while on vaca – enjoying Burlington, VT.

Potato Jam and crew found a toilet along side the road so were spared the use of a porta-john…just saying. Papas Marinas is still racking up the miles while participating in a micro-tri and then adding some extras.

Seafaring Spud and Wolfpack Potato were out enjoying the W&OD trail from Vienna to Sterling VA and back – herding deer along the way that were in no hurry to move. They got these miles in the bag and are looking for a magnet.

Pig-Pen Potato is gettin’ back into it and over the half way mark now…here comes a magnet. Joining him just over half way are Dre’ Tater, Sporty Spud, Kartoffel Kaiser, Spuddles, Yam Kronen, Tug-A-Tuber, Simmering Spud and Harley Taterson. All in the 50 mile range and ready to finish strong over the last week.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

The Reedville Velodrome

As we cross 14,000 miles today, we have two more official potatoes who have earned magnets. Uetz Chips has 103.8 miles for another magnet and FaHashn Brown has 101.0 miles that will earn new refrigerator decoration. Congratulations to you both.

Potato Happenings:

Check out the great pic and video (on Facebook) from Chips A’Jorge – what a great cause!

Pump up the Yam is ‘inching’ closer to that magnet. Although he joined the Capitol Trail ride on Wednesday, he’s an “on duty” first responder that has to stay close to a boat (thank you for your service). He gets his mileage in by riding up and down the road in front of his house – a one mile back and forth…Buck-A-Spud calls it the Reedville Velodrome.

Yesterday the snake didn’t make it…by all reports, the piglets today did. CycoTater came across some excitable livestock on the road and had to dodge a bunch of piglets on her ride. Fortunately, no Pigs or Potatoes were harmed in the cycling today.

50 Shades of Spud is happy to have joined Le Tour this year and likes watching the miles add up each day. Hopefully, we have a convert and she’ll be back next year.

On the Peloton again today were Potato Chip Rock (in the French Alps – nice!) and Tombet Tater (for a ride and run – ambitious!)

164 Pedaling Potatoes – check your mileage. If you aren’t at halfway, use this weekend to pump up the mileage. We have just over a week of pedaling left – you started, you gotta finish!

Now for the DUD SPUDS…come on, get on those bikes and pedal. You took the time to sign up…now lets log some miles. We would really love to have over 200 finishers this year…and make our goal of 30,000 miles.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Le Tour de Snake?

We’re over half way through Le Tour de Couch Potato number 11 and we have even more official potatoes today. They are rolling in like crazy. Hot German Potato Salad has another magnet with123.0 miles. Last of the Potatoes is also finished with 114.91 miles while Truckin’ Tuber has logged 105.38 miles. Potato Prez is checking in with 100.15 miles for magnet number 9. Congratulations to our latest finishers!

Potato Happenings:

Papas Marinas is to thank for our headline today. It was a choice between the car and the snake. With a car coming from the left and a snake sunbathing across the road in front and no chance to evade, the snake lost. Fortunately, he didn’t tangle up in the wheel. Sorry Mr. Snake – but we’re glad Papas Marinas is not a mashed potato!

In other news, since we’re over half way, our pedaling potatoes should be over half way as well. We have 55 pedaling potatoes who aren’t quite to the half way mark. If you know one of them, take them out for a ride. With the weekend coming up, there’s time to pedal.

I’m also seeing a LOT of potential DUD SPUDS – 51 potatoes not yet off the couch…YOU CAN DO IT. I will soon have to resort to public shaming for our potential DUD SPUDS.

We’re over the 13,000 mile mark and climbing – 30,000 is the goal and here we come! Pedal on Potatoes.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Fast and Furious Pedaling

This info is accurate as of 5:00 but with all the pedaling going on, it is probably inaccurate by the time I get done. Pedal away and Congratulations to our newest official potatoes.

Buck-A-Spud crossed the finish line today with 127.49 miles. Irish Spud and Loch Ness Potato are both earning another magnet today with 125.7 miles and 120.97 miles respectively. Also over the century mark today is Swan Song Spud with 116 miles.

There was quite the ride on the Capital Trail today and a few potatoes over the line. They then celebrated with a little rehydration (thanks for the pic). Included and earning a magnet was Rowtato with 106.2 miles who checked in with a “great ride on the Capital Trail with a dozen or so other Couch Potatoes!” and Spudly with 101.1 miles who “Rode 50 miles on the Capital Trail with the Pedal Posse. Had a flat with 6 miles to go, but got myself combobulated and finished.”

LowTato is also official today with 102.25 miles and an eventful ride with StarchTrek. Saw Chili Cheese Fries going the opposite direction, checked out a Typhoon sailboat for sale at mile 30!

Potato Happenings:

Pacific Potato got his tour off to a late start but today was the 6th day in a row of riding and he’s on a pace to meet the goal that feels achievable no DUD SPUD here. Cajun Gator Tater had a great ride with La Nuova Patata and a tip of the helmet to New Potato for letting Cajun ride his bike. Bud Spud got in a good ride before dark while Tombet Tater was on the Peloton for a 10K at 22mph – wishing he could run that fast.

As always in July, the weather was predictable – HOT, HOT, HOT. Mystery Spud had a hot & humid in central MD and CycoTater had a fiery head wind from hell the WHOLE ride. I think it was uphill both ways, too. 50 Shades of Spud had it a bit better in Oregon…it was overcast in the a.m.!

News on some mileage for us. We’re half way through this year’s tour (I know, hard to believe) and currently at 12,362 miles. NOT half way to our total miles last year – see below. Think we can hit the 30K mileage mark this year? There are currently 159 of us pedaling so it’s possible.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Smooth Sailing Spuds

It looked like a quieter day today but we still had a lot of potatoes making it official today. Included in the group is Spudette with 139.0 miles pedaled for a new magnet. Bandit Yam racked up a total of 115.5 miles – he hit the Capital Trail early this morning to beat the heat for a metric century (62.3 miles) – longest ride of his year! Bishop Tuber is also over the finish line with 111.91 miles. Iron Tater has another magnet with 106.42 miles. Almighty Spud and Drunk Spud both finished today with 104.0 miles and Spud Luda hit exactly 100.00 miles for her magnet.

Potato Happenings:

Our potatoes were a bit quiet today – recovering from the holiday weekend, maybe? We did cross over 11,000 miles and we have 157 potatoes on the road. That does leave a bunch on the couch with less than two weeks to pedal…hmmm.

50 Shades of Spud was out enjoying the early morning as was Pig-Pen Potato. Yam Kronen decided to stay indoors today due to heat and humidity.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Day 10 takes us over 10,000 Miles

Several potatoes made it official over the last two days. Some were after yesterday’s update and others crossed the threshold today. Congratulations to our latest potatoes earning their magnets:

Green Eggs & Yam finished up for his first magnet with 142.68 miles while Red Bliss Potato crossed the line with 120.6 miles. Robert Tuberson has also earned a magnet with 118.8 magnet. Duchess Potato did her annual post office ride to officially finish every Le Tour de Couch Potato, earning magnet number 11 with 117.35 miles. Meadow Lark Potato is over the finish line with 109 miles. Out on today’s ride with him was Potato Jam, also earning a magnet with 107.5 miles. Eeking over the century mark for magnets number 10 are both Home Fries with 102.2 miles and Texas Potato with 102 miles. Spud Funk finished up with 100.9 miles and Tottering Tater is done with exactly 100 miles.

Potato Happenings:

We’re still just over 150 cycling spuds, leaving about 50 potatoes couch surfing (including my husband, just sayin’). I smell some DUD SPUDS cooking.

Keeping company with Meadow Lark Potato and Potato Jam as they finished up were Mama Spud, Papa Spud and Bean Counting Spud – with Mama and Bean Counting training for the Trek Across Maryland.

Melatater was out for a birthday ride – Happy Birthday!!! – on the Capital Trail today and Manntater was off the couch (or spuds) to ride to see the fireworks. Spudly Beach Bum is up to old tricks again – pizza, beer and biking – making it work. Hooray Potato was dodging fiddler crabs today while Kartoffel Kaiser was scaring the black angus cattle. They snorted at her and then made their way to the other side of the pasture.

Mythical Patata was out on the docks in Annapolis and OrienTater was reclaiming the streets for cyclists. Unfortunately, Tug-A-Tuber was doing her pedaling with a hangover today…at least she was upright 🙂

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Potatoes Poppin’ off for July 4th

Two more potatoes made it official today: Fitz and the Tater Tantrums pedaled a total of 115.03 miles for his magnet while Artful Tuber finished up with 101.33 miles today. Congratulations to our newest official potatoes. Along with the other 153 potatoes that are off the couch, we passed the 9000 mile mark today. GO US!

Potato Happenings:

Incognito Potato is looking for double miles for pedaling while pulling the bike trailer (just did double the work). Duchess Potato and Rain or Shine Potato got the “Sterling Experience” this morning – a long, fast ride was reported. Spud Ice was pedaling both inside and outside today and wishing all a Happy 4th. Also sending Happy 4th wishes are Yogatato and Chilli Cheese Fries – Yogatato riding for the first time with the posse this year and Chilli Cheese Fries starting the 4th off right. Distilled Tater rode up on a motorcycle wedding at the turnaround point today.

Potato Loco is going the slow and steady route this year on her exercise bike while her son, Tuber Effect and sister, Spud Luda at battling it out on the roads. Family Potato battle happening here for sure!

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday with family and pedal safely!

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Spudtacular Second Saturday

As we make our way into the second week of Le Tour de Couch Potato, we’re celebrating 6 more official couch potatoes. Loly Pop Potato has another magnet for her refrigerator with 142.10 miles. Loaded Potato finished up today as well with 133.10 miles. With his quickest trip to more than 100 miles, Tater Lime is at 107.50 miles. Fat Tire Tater’s 105.10 miles earn him his first magnet (in his words – Wooo!) while Mythical Patata is adding to her magnet collection with 104.34 miles. Also over the finish line today for a magnet today is Stormin’ Spud at 103.00 miles.

Congratulations to our latest official potatoes as they helped us amass almost 8000 miles (7914.95 so far). We have 149 potatoes on the road with the others in jeopardy of becoming DUD SPUDS…if you know someone who isn’t off the couch yet, bring them for a ride.

Potato Happenings:

More firsts on the road today with Artful Tuber finishing her longest ride ever followed by the need for a nap. Pig-Pen Potato was on the bike for the first time since November. Definitely feeling it but he knows it can only get better from here. Fitz and the Tater Tantrums hit 47.2 MPH on a down hill : ) – excellent firsts / accomplishments.

Potatoes are also celebrating the holiday with some camping, vacations, and enjoying the sights. Tubermore is camping at Ouabache State Park, Indiana for the 4th of July weekend. Spuddles is there as well. They are enjoying a beautiful park, beautiful bike path into Bluffton with friends and potatoes alike. Locked-N-Loaded Spud reports the rain stopped, ride’s done, now vacation starts! OrienTater took a short morning bike to the farmers market and some macchiatos by the waterside, with Uber-Trail Tuber. Tug-A-Tuber Rode down to new point observation deck and took in the beautiful bay views and we’re thankful for our freedom and the views we get to see! Spud Funk was found by a thunderstorm on his ride today and 50 Shades of Spud likes her early morning rides the best – less autos, less fumes!

While those potatoes were checking out the great outdoors, others were inside but still checking out sights in their own way. Lenko Latkes is ‘chipping’ away on the NordicTrack, rode in Switzerland today while nursing some Achilles tendonitis. Tombet Tater was also on another peloton ride. Not sure where he went but hopefully somewhere fun.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Big first week for Le Tour

Wow, what a first week we have had. On our 7th day of pedaling we have seven new official potatoes. Included are:

Hot Potato who has another magnet for her fridge with 136 miles. Loaded Potato is also over the century mark with 133.1 miles. Mythical Patata finished up with 104.34 miles while Potato Chip Rock logged 103.5 miles for a new magnet. New Potato and La Nuova Patata experienced lots of yesterday’s storm debris on the road and a cloudy, cool day to “git ‘er done” with 101.9 miles. Marshmallow Fluff Potato earned her first (but certainly not last) magnet with 101 miles. Congratulations to our latest official couch potatoes.

Potato Happenings:

We blew past 7000 miles like it was nothing and now have 145 off the couch. Are we smelling some dud spuds?

Pacific Potato is off the couch with  his first ride of the tour and Pommes soufflées is kicking off holiday weekend with another ride toward a magnet. Tombet Tater was on the peloton watching Mark Cavendish power thru while Tater Lime was trying to bike off his Taco Bell lunch! Spud Funk got to take a break during his ride and have some Beach Time with family before heading back home!

The weather definitely made itself known today as we pedaled. Harley Taterson spent a gorgeous day in Westminster Maryland riding through town. 50 Shades of Spud had a gloomy over-cast day – but a ride always brings a smile! Bud Spud and Microchip got in 10 miles in at Centennial Park, braving the forecasted severe storms – they got totally soaked and heard thunder rumble but we did not go indoors 😉

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

“Gearing” up for the weekend

The potatoes are piling up as we add 4 more “official” couch potatoes today. Hot Potato earns a magnet with 136 miles while Pro Potato finishes up with 110 miles. Also over the century mark (she hoped to finish early) is Locked-N-Loaded Spud with 106.7 miles. Also just over the finish line is one of our rookies this year, Bourbon Mash Potato at 101.69 miles. Congratulations to all of you. Magnet goodness is coming your way.

Potato Happenings:

With 141 potatoes off the couch, we’re hitting the road hard already. As a group we’re over 6,000 miles and counting. Tonight we’re going to spotlight our potatoes in the 60s. Full disclosure – I just got back from Music Bingo and heard a lot of 60s music…

Tied at the head of the pack for our 60s riders are New Potato and La Nuova Patata, both with 69.55 miles. They’re pedaling together for their 9th and 8th magnets. Green Eggs & Yam is right behind them at 68.26 miles and hot on his tail is Fitz and the Tater Tantrums at 67.81 miles. Not to be left behind is Spud Lite with 67.66 miles. I think you can throw a blanket over this group…who will cross the century mark first?

Not to be left behind are the other four potatoes also in the 60s: Surfin’ Spud is checking in with 65.4 miles and Tottering Tater has 63.1 miles. Bishop Tuber pedaled his way to 62.06 miles. Making an impressive showing this year is Home Fries – she normally pedals 5 miles a day to finish up right at 100 but she turned on the gas this year and looks to finish WAY early for magnet number 10.

Administrivia:

Side note for the weekend – with the holiday coming up, I will be traveling so will do my best to blog each evening. The timing will be off as I’m spending time with family. Pedaling patience please.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber