Sunday March 26, 2006 was a pleasant
sunny day. It was still cool outside, but darn near perfect for a bike
ride. Bob was thinking about setting up a website for his business and
was considering paying someone to set it up and maintain it for a monthly
fee. Pete is really good with websites and with the experience I have
gained maintaining the Rochester Hills PCT Bike and Hike club website Iím
no slouch either. We offered to help Bob set up his website and
recommended a good service provider.
During one of our recent discussions
with the manager at Hamlin Pub we found out they have wireless internet at
the Pub. We planned to bring one of Peteís laptop computers and actually
design Bobís website while eating lunch at the Hamlin Pub, which is
exactly what we did.
Pete put his old laptop into a
backpack and wore the backpack under his jacket as we road to the Pub.
You almost couldnít tell he had a backpack under his jacket. See below
for the pictures I took this day with my phone camera.
We got to the Pub before it was
open. The front door was locked so we went to the back door and just
walked in like we owned the place. The waitresses were still cleaning
tables and putting out the trays at each table in preparation for the
dayís business. They looked funny at us as we walked in and finally they
said they werenít open yet. Bob had gone directly into the bathroom and
was still in there when Pete and I walked out the back door. Before Bob
came back out he found the manager and asked if we could hang out if we
stayed out of the way. They are very nice to us at the Pub and because we
are regulars they let us sit at the bar and drink diet coke while they got
the tables ready.
Once the tables were ready we took
one in a corner near an electrical outlet so that Pete could plug in his
laptop. In just a couple minutes the computer was up and running and we
were designing Bobís website. I had email the links to a few similar
websites that I thought would give us some good ideas of what to do and
maybe what not to do when designing Bobís website. It was a lot of work
and it took a couple hours but by the time we left the Pub we had a great
start on the web site. It turned out to be a real productive lunch.
We knew we were going to be at the
Pub for a while, so Pete decided early on that he was going to try and
break the club record for most pops at one lunch. Bob held the previous
record of 8 set during the park to park ride last year. This day Pete
drank a total of 10 which was quite a feat. Again, we estimate the pops
at the Pub to be about 16 oz each since they come in the large plastic
cups. Doing the simple math that is 160 oz of diet coke, or 1.25 gallons
or 4.75 liters. I drank two and a half cups myself which was filling
enough. I canít imagine drinking a gallon and a quarter. Our waitress
couldnít believe how many times she had to refill Peteís cup. Once Pete
finished his ninth cup I told him he could stop now that he was the record
holder. Pete told me he wanted to drink one more just to make an even ten
and also make it harder for the next person when they try to break the
record. What I donít think Pete realizes is no one else is going to try
and break his record. Pete drank the number ten pop amazingly fast and as
he slammed the empty cup on the table he yelled out, ďBeat that Tom.Ē I
almost forgot about Tom, I guess Tom might try to break this record. Pete
is still trying to get Tom to make another attempt at the raw egg record.
The ride home was enjoyable. We had
to make a strategic stop at Wendyís which is about the half way point for
Pete to make a rest stop. At one point when I was riding next to Pete I
think I could hear the diet coke swishing around in his stomach.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 19.2 miles total, 24.0 max mph, 1 hour and 46 min time on bikes
and 10.8 average mph.