Our second ride of the new year was
appropriately on the second weekend of the year, Saturday January 7, 2006.
I think Bob was out of town so it was just me, Pete and Steve.
Overall this has been a very mild winter. I think we have had more
snow in the last week of November than we have had the entire month of
January. But, on this January 7 day it was cold and the roads were
still a little icy from some freezing rain the day before. At first
I was questioning the safety of riding today. I went out and checked
the condition of street in front of my house and it was OK. We would
have to be careful, but no reason to cancel the scheduled ride.
It was also on the cold side so I
was planning to put on an extra layer to stay warm. On the way over
to pick up Pete from his house I was glad I had put a thin pair of gloves
on underneath my thick winter gloves because the combination of cold
temperature with the wind blowing it was cold out. I noticed my
tires were a little low on air again, it seems in the cool weather my
tires tend to lose air pressure more quickly. It wasn't so bad that
I needed to head back to add air, so I just kept on going to Pete's.
If nothing else the tires being a little low would make me work a little
harder than normal.
Once I got to Pete's I honked my air
horn into his open garage. Pete must have heard the horn because he
was out in just a few seconds finishing getting ready. Pete asked
what the weather was like and I told him it was cold. He was
prepared for the cold temperature as well. In addition to having on
a dew rag, ear muffs and his ski goggles and he also pulled on the hood to
his winter jacket over top of everything including his bike helmet.
He looked kind of funny, but the most important thing on a day like today
is to stay warm. I did take a picture of Pete with all his gear on
and I will post it with the few other pictures I took with my phone
camera. Pete also had some new gear installed on his bike. He
had his burrito basket and rack that he got for Christmas installed and he
also had the bright yellow bike radio installed on his handle bars.
I think Pete has commandeered the radio off his son Paul's bike. I
hope Paul doesn't plan on ever using the radio anymore because it now
appears to be a permanent fixture on Pete's bike. I actually like
the radio, it works amazingly well. Its kind of nice having some
background music while we ride. Pete also has been struggling with a
sore hand or wrist over the past few weeks and to help cushion his hand on
his handle bar grip he has wrapped a RedWing head band around the grip.
When you look the handle bars on Pete's bike you wonder if there is enough
room for his hands with all the bells, horn, radio, speedometer and
Next stop Steve's house. Steve
was ready quickly, he was wearing his ski helmet and prepared for the
cold. From Steve's we got on Dutton and headed down the PCT.
Pete had an errand he wanted to run at Kinkos so we rode into town and
made a stop at Kinkos. Pete only took a couple minutes to make his
copies and we were on our way again. I wanted to check and see if
Petsmart carried phosphate pads that I wanted to try out in my large
aquarium. So, we made a quick stop at Petsmart. I was in the
fish supply isle looking for the phosphate pad when I saw Steve coming
toward me with his camera drawn ready to take my picture. He snapped
a quick picture and the flash went off drawing the attention of a young
lady working at the store. She quickly approached Steve and told him
it was against company policy to allow photographs inside the store.
Well being a law abiding citizen Steve put his camera away and told the
young lady he wouldn't take anymore pictures. It didn't take me long
to find out they didn't have what I was looking for, so it was time to
head out and continue our ride.
After the pet store we went east of
Rochester Road into the Hamlin apartment and condo complex. They
have a nice small 18 hole golf course in the complex and we ended up
riding around the golf course on the paved cart paths. There are a
couple places along the perimeter of the course where pine trees were
planted in pairs making for a long tunnel of trees side by side. We
actually went off the cart paths at one point just to ride one of these
long tree lined paths. Obviously we were the only ones out on the
golf course on this cold windy day, but I am sure this area gets a few
walkers during the off season. I know if I lived near by I would
regularly walk this area.
Once we rode around the Hamlin golf
course we got the idea to ride over the new subdivision recently built on
the old Rochester golf course. This is the course where Pete got
sections of putting green before the course was destroyed in preparation
for the subdivision. We spent quite a bit of time out riding around
this golf course once it was shut down. It felt strange to ride into
the old golf course with all the new homes and streets. We rode
around this area for a few minutes before finally heading out toward
Hamlin Pub for lunch.
We locked our bikes out front and
walked into the pub. We got quite a reaction from the employees at
the pub. The manager and a waitress over by the bar yelled out
"You've got to be kidding" when they saw and recognized us. They
couldn't believe we were out riding on a day like today. The manager
came over and sat at our table talking with us for quite a while. He
talked about using the new OPC (Old Persons Center) in Rochester. He
just couldn't say enough good things about the OPC. He also told us
about a friend of his from Australia who developed a new type of bike
helmet. We also talked about computers and the internet. It
was quite enjoyable talking to the manager. I think Steve may have
taken a few pictures while in the Pub and at various places and during the
ride, as soon as Steve forwards all his pictures I will make a separate
page and post all the pictures.
All three of us had our usual Diet
Coke. I ordered the monte cristo sandwich, Pete had a turkey rueben
and Steve got a newyork rueben. The one constant we can always count
on is the quality of the food at the pub. In addition to the
sandwiches tasting good they are also large. I took half of mine
home for dinner. After a delicious lunch we suited back up and got
back on our bikes for the ride home.
There was a light snow falling for
the entire ride back. The temperature was 26 when we started and it
had only warmed up to 31 when I got home, but the wind did make it feel
cooler. We took our regular route through the neighbor hoods back
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 22.5 miles, 18.9 max mph, 8.9
average mph and 2 hours and 30 minutes of time on bike. The average
speed was relatively low for this ride because we had to be careful to
avoid random ice patches and we just felt like taking it easy this day.