Saturday April 15, 2006 we did a
short breakfast ride in the morning. Pete and Bob joined me on this
ride. I rode over to Bob's house and we left from there to meet Pete
at his house.
For some reason we couldn't do a
long ride today, I think everyone had something going on that required us
to be home relatively early this day. When we do short rides like we
did today it almost seems like we barely even rode. The total
distance for today's ride was only 8.3 miles which I keep calling short.
When I think back about when we first started riding it seemed any ride
over 5 miles was impressive. Now a short 8.3 mile ride seems like
nothing, I guess everything is relative. I feel lucky to have found
this activity at this point in my life. My favorite rides are the
ones right around 25 miles, plus or minus a few. It seems to me
rides of this intermediate length are the most enjoyable. It usually
means we have traveled somewhere a little distance from home and we have
spent a reasonable amount of time on our bikes. Once I get over 25
miles I usually can tell by my body starting to get a little sore. A
quick rest off the bike and I am ready to continue riding.
We went to the Greek Island for
breakfast. We have a regular route we take to this restaurant.
We go through subdivision streets to stay off the main roads. It is
always much more quiet when you get off the main roads. Usually on
these morning rides there is less traffic and the riding is just less
stressful. We pulled into the shopping center where Greek Island is
located around 9:00 am. We don't lock our bikes at this restaurant
because we sit in a booth right next to the window and we look straight
out at our bikes. We usually take our time eating breakfast.
This is our time to talk about everything and lately we spend at least a
few minutes talking about the status of Pete's TV shopping. We also
joke around and laugh a lot while sitting in the booth. None of the
three of us drink coffee and that always confuses the particular waitress
serving us. I think we may be the only regular customers that not
only never drink coffee but also order diet cokes with our breakfast.
After a usual reasonably priced breakfast including our traditional diet
cokes, we were ready to get back on our bikes for the ride home.
Again, we took our regular route
home. The ride home was rather uneventful, just a nice easy medium
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 8.3 total miles, 20.0 max mph, 47 minutes time moving on bikes
and 10.5 average mph.