Saturday March 25, 2006 Pete and Bob
joined me for a breakfast ride. We went to our favorite breakfast
place, Greek Island. We joked about ordering hard boiled eggs, but
based our experience the last time Bob tried to order hard boiled eggs we
decided to leave well enough alone.
Pete got the special and Bob ordered
a bagel which sounded good to me so I ordered a bagel as well for a
change. After finishing our meals which also included the
traditional diet Cokes we were ready to start riding again.
The ride to Greek Island is quite
short, and unless we are in a hurry to get back home we usually do the
majority of the ride after breakfast. None of us had to be home
right away so we all agreed to ride further south.
It was still a cool day with the
temperature hovering right around freezing. We were all dressed
plenty warm. Even though we are all ready for the warmer weather we
are all experienced enough to dress correctly based on the particular day.
I had recently bought a kayak and I
needed a PFD, (personal flotation device), or life jacket. I saw one
at Dicks Sporting Goods the other day, but I didn't buy it when I was
there. We decided to ride to Dick's and if they still had the same
PFD on sale I would buy it this time.
The ride today was also a bit windy
which made it feel cooler than expected. Clouds were starting to
form and it even looked like it might rain. We just kept on
pedaling, we don't let the threat of a little rain stop us. When we
got to Dick's we all went inside and I found the same PFD still on sale so
I picked out my size and headed to the register to make the purchase.
I paid with a credit card and when the girl waiting on me started to put
the PFD into a bag I said that won't be necessary I will just wear it.
She gave me a strange look, which I am becoming accustom. I put the
PFD on over top of my jacket and zipped it up and fastened the buckles.
I asked one of the guys to take a picture using my camera phone of me
wearing my new PFD outside the store just before I got back on my bike.
I will post the pictures at the bottom of this story. It was
starting to snow when we walked outside and if you look closely you can
see snow flakes in the pictures.
Pete claimed I set a new record on
this ride, the first club member to wear a life jacket on a bike ride.
Pete also pointed out the beauty of this type record is it can never be
On the way home we stopped at our
local bike shop, Rochester Bike Shop, RBS. One of the straps on the
toe clips on the pedals of Pete's bike recently broke and Pete wanted to
pick up a new pair. In addition to Pete's feet being rather large
for his size, they are also quite wide. His wide feet put extra
stress on the straps of the toe clips and finally one broke. RBS is
a good place and they are very helpful. They had just what Pete
needed and he purchased a pair. I waited outside while Pete and Bob
went inside the bike shop. I have to admit I was a little
embarrassed to walk into the bike shop wearing my PFD.
After the bike store stop we rode
pretty much straight home along one of our regular routes.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 16.2 miles total, 21.5 max mph, 1 hour and 34 min time on bikes
and 10.2 average mph.