May has been a slow month for
biking, everyone is just too busy. Hopefully we will all get back to
riding on a regular basis soon. On Sunday May 7, 2006 Pete and I did a
morning ride. It was a very nice day for a ride and I am glad Pete and I
decided to go.
Similar to last Sunday I rode over
and picked up Pete at his house. From there we rode over to Greek island
to get our regular breakfast special.
After breakfast we both agreed to
ride for a while before heading home. We headed over the Clinton River
Trail and hopped on it heading west. We stayed on this trail all the way
to Squirrel Road. This trail is slowly becoming more passable. The large
stones are imbedding themselves into the ground and more and more people
are using the trail all the time which also helps get it groomed. We came
across an older couple walking their dog heading east. It still amazes me
how many people we come across walking dogs. There is no question in my
mind that dogs are good walking companions. If it wasn’t for their dogs
hundreds and thousands of people would probably never leave their house.
At Squirrel Pete and I got off the
trail and headed north along the bike path parallel to Squirrel. This is
a nice area to ride. I always enjoy riding in this general area. There
is something about the elevation and the wide open feeling I get when
riding my bike in this part of Auburn Hills. It always seems a little
strange going through the down town area of Auburn Hills on a Sunday, it
is like a ghost town. Downtown Auburn Hills has been fixed up real nice
over the past couple years, which makes the empty feeling even stranger.
There are also a couple nice up hills and down hills along this stretch.
I think we hit our maximum speed just before the long wooden bridge. At
one point on the east side of the road the bike path goes over a swampy
area and there is a fairly long wooden plank bridge that connects the
black top sections of the bike path on both sides. We usually hit this
wooden bridge around 25 to 30 mph depending upon whether we are just
coasting or not.
Once we got near Oakland University
we decided to ride on to the campus and ride around there for a little
while. We actually covered a lot of the campus just riding around. We
rode down the main drive right up to Meadow Brook Hall and we rode around
the mansion toward the golf course behind the building. We rode along
next to the golf course for a while. We also rode along the main circular
rode that connects the main buildings of the campus. Oakland University
has a lot to offer and it is a very pleasant place hang out.
After a rather complete tour of
Oakland University we left the campus headed for home. This turned out to
be an enjoyable ride .
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 21.8 miles total, 27.0 max mph, 2 hour and 3 min time on bikes
and 10.6 average mph.