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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
It’s Hump Day and another crazy day out on the streets for our potatoes. We have another three official potatoes today. Zappa Patata is over the finish line with 133.5 miles. Rico Suave Potato has also earned another magnet with 102 miles. The Spudster is also finished with 101.1 miles. Congrats to all of you and check your email for a note about your finishers magnet. You all did your part to get us over 5000 miles pedaled.
Also hitting the mean “streets” and stomping on those pedals were Rowtato who helped out a turtle while getting off the couch. Got to protect those turtles and keep them out of the middle of the road. Spinning for a few miles (still HOT, even inside) was Rain or Shine Tater…I bet he had other potatoes in his class. Pommes Soufflees was on a Soul Ride while Harley Taterson and Mama Spud made their maiden voyages for the 2021 Le Tour. Also inside today was Yam Kronen – I guess the Chicago weather was not conducive to riding outside – so she hit the stationary bike.
Jungle Spud got some miles in but “it was no fun at all” – hopefully the next ride will be better. OrienTater was also inside to avoid the heat…maybe that’s what sucked the fun out of Jungle Spud’s ride. Tom Tater was out in the heat checking out the bluebirds.
I suspect as we turn the calendar into July, we’re going to be getting more of the heat – remember to hydrate while you’re out there (my PSA for the day). If you’re going to be inside, I hear there are some boys in France who decided to pedal at the same time we are. They are televised so if you’re looking for something to watch while pedaling the stationary, I recommend checking them out. Just please stay upright!
That’s right – we have five potatoes making it official today, crossing the 100 mile barrier. Decapotato earns another magnet with 149.37 miles, Chips A’Jorge is also over the line with 144.14 miles. Tater Vega finished with a nice round 120.0 miles while Tubin’ Tuber checks in with 117.5 miles. Rob Roy Tuber is also over the finish line with 104.15 miles. Congrats to all and magnets all around.
Here’s hoping none of our potatoes drive a Jeep with a “Don’t Tread on me Plate” – one was spotted today giving the bird to a pedaling potato – Green Eggs and Yam got the bird not once, but twice on his ride today. Side note to be careful out there – vehicles don’t always watch out for us and tend to get aggressive for no reason. Glad Green Eggs and Yam finished his ride safely.
Salt Life Yam stopped along her ride to help a doe and her baby across the road (stopping traffic to help them). Simmering Spud is off to a slow start after returning from ND (side-note, I was born there!). Fo’Fanna Potato is happy to be off the couch after being sidelined for our last tour (looking for a magnet). 50 Shades of Spud is finding creative ways to get her miles in – to and from appointments!
Keep an eye on Artful Tuber’s miles – she’s front-loading in preparation for a vacation…good to plan ahead. M&M Tater enjoyed a “cool” front in Dallas to get some miles – what, was it down to only 90 degrees?? Potato Chip Rock was out for a HOT HOT ride.
I did notice Duchess Potato is JUST ahead of me in miles…I need to pick up my pace and pass her!
Oh yeah! We’re only on day 3 and we already have 105 potatoes off the couch. With 2825 miles pedaled, we’ll be over 3000 in no time. Keep stomping on those pedals!
With three potatoes in the 90s, no one has become an official potato yet. We have Decapotato at 98.85 miles, Chips A’Jorge at 98.24 miles and Tater Vega at 90.0 miles. So close!
Also on the road are Meadow Lark Potato and Bean Counting Potato for a nice husband and wife trip while one of them is learning to shift gears. Iron Tater was out with mom and dad for a Potato family ride. 50 Shade of Spud was on the road early for a fresh start to her day and a smile on her face – ready for the day’s possibilities.
Fitz and the Tater Tantrums and SpudStrong were out for the Phaedra loop – the hills at the end made the views during the earlier part of the ride worth it. Potato Wedges was on the stationary bike during the golf playoff – the playoff took so many holes, she ended up with 10 miles. It looks like Potato Prez is making his way around the trails of Plano, TX. Loch Ness Potato earned 18.06 miles on her Helloton today (or is that Peloton?)
Reporting in as of about 6:00 PM ET with 79 potatoes on the road. We’re up to 1875 miles pedaled after two days of riding. Go potatoes, go.
OrienTater has started her first Le Tour with her furthest distance traveled from home since moving and the start of the pandemic. She found some new bike trails to travel as well. Checking in with 9.8 miles. Distilled Tater traversed 3 cemeteries on a hot, muggy ride today bringing her miles to 22 total. Bishop Tuber was the hero on the day, saving a box turtle from becoming a Mashed Potato (or turtle soup??) as he checks in with a total of 21.1 miles. Locked-N-Loaded Spud is happy to be getting in shape each July during the Le Tour de Couch Potato.
Now we’ll highlight those who are already over half way…Chips A’Jorge is checking in with 98.2 miles while Rob Roy Tuber has 70.9 miles. Potato Jam has hit exactly 60 miles while Tater Lime is over the half way mark at 54.2 miles. Decapotato is also over half way with 53.1 miles and previously mentioned Locked-N-Loaded Spud is getting into shape with 50.7 miles. Finally, new potato Bourbon Mash Potato has logged 50.2 miles. All are over half way to their new magnet. Let’s see who crosses the line in the next few days. I’m sure we’ll have our first official potato soon.
As always, if you know a potato on the couch who needs a little boost, bring them out for a ride.
ALL potatoes should now have potato names…remember, I get bored on occasion (or hear great stories) so reserve the right to change them – no thin skin potatoes allowed!
Our blogs are posted around the same time each evening (unless I get lazy) and it takes a bit to compile everything. IF you aren’t included as an official potato, it could be that your miles came in after we started the blog for the evening – don’t worry, we’ll get it tomorrow!
And we’re off – with 38 potatoes on the road, we have already logged over 600 miles. Chips A’Jorge is leading the way with over 60 miles in the books. Signature Spud and Tug-A-Tuber are also off the couch with 4.5 miles each so remember, every mile counts.
We did have one busy mom who was out for her first ride after a hiatus…she was interrupted by a Covid puppy biting at her heals and kids asking for pancakes but she just kept right on pedaling. Another potato was on a new bike for a trial run – the bike earned it’s new name today “Andean Blak” after the potato…due to both the HILLS and the bike is matte black.
There were potatoes out on the Gwynn’s Island Duathlon today as well. Seems the skies opened up with a massive rain storm. So wet but so much fun!
Fortunately, we had a close (but no cigar) call on the B&O trail. Two almost head-on collisions but no mashed potatoes were reported.
We’re counting the hours to the grand depart of the 2021 Le Tour de Couch Potato. Pedaling starts tonight at midnight. If you haven’t dusted off the bike, do it NOW! I have my padded short ready as well so the bum won’t get too sore.
I am also working diligently on all those potato names – it’s very exciting to see so many new potatoes this year…I promise, I’ll get you all named.
Quick shout out as we get started this year to The Duchess. Duchess Potato (aka Christine Johnson, my sister) is the brains and beauty behind our new website, etc. Thanks, Chris for getting all of this up and running and getting us organized for the year.
Remember to refresh yourselves on the rules if there is any doubt; be sure you have fun; let’s not have any mashed potatoes…and no DUD SPUDS!!
With only a week until we kick off our 11th Couch Potato, the potato names are making their way into the registration sheet. Returning potatoes, when you have an opportunity, please give me a double check and make sure I have your name right. New potatoes, I’m still working through your names and will be adding them through the week.
If you recommended our ride to one of the new potatoes and have any info to help with their name, send it on over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t wait to get us kicked off next Saturday. Remember, registration is still open until next Friday if you know anyone who hasn’t registered yet or wants to join us! Pedaling can begin at Midnight 6/26/21.
We’re rapidly approaching the kick off of our 2021 Le Tour de Couch Potato. The bikes should be dusted, shoes shined and shorts padded…can’t have any sore bums
With only 10 days until our pedaling begins, if you haven’t already, be sure you register for this year’s tour. Our registration is over 140 potatoes and climbing. You can verify your registration from our home page so please be sure you’re entered.
Don’t forget to check the rules as well. I’m working on names for our new potatoes – you’ll see all Potato Names added to the registration sheet in coming days.