Saturday June 3, 2006 Pete and I
were the only ones available to ride. We had the Tour de Cure ride coming
up in little over a week and we wanted to be sure and get out for a few
rides before doing this ride for Diabetes. Most of the rides we have done
over the past few weeks have mostly been going south. We decided for a
change of pace to head north this day.
I rode over to Peteís house around
9:30 am and we started off for the Paint Creek Trail (PCT). We planned to
take the trail all the way to its current end in Lake Orion. Once in Lake
Orion we were going to ride over to the old business district and check
out the progress of the rebuild of the Sage Brush. We finally saw
substantial progress, the building is well along its way to being
completed. There was a sign hanging nearby that said opening summer
2006. It has been a long time since the fire and the closure of the Sage
Brush, it will be nice to have this place back in business.
The burrito basket on the back of
our bicycles got its name from eating lunch at the Sage Brush very early
in our bike clubís existence. Bob was the first one to get a basket for
the back of his bike and one day we were eating lunch at the Sage Brush in
the middle of a bike ride and Bob ordered the super burrito, which is
quite large. Bob only finished about half of the burrito and put the
leftover in the basket on the back of his bike for the ride home. And
from that day forward we have always called them burrito baskets. Just
recently Pete tried to change the name of his burrito basket to a chili
basket when he stuffed it full of Skyline chili during a bike trip and
shopping stop at Meijerís. It is going to be difficult to change the name
of Peteís basket from burrito basket to chili basket, but I will try. The
basket on my bike will always be known as a burrito basket.
Once we finished checking out the
Sage Brush we rode around the area for a couple minutes before heading
home. Instead of having to tackle the Dutton Hill at the end of the trail
if we took that way home we decided to stay right on Lapeer Road for the
return trip. We have taken Lapeer Road many times in the past. Even
though there arenít sidewalks or bike paths along this road it still is a
good route. The shoulder on the west side of the road is paved and fairly
wide making it relatively safe for bike riding. It is still a little
intimidating having cars and trucks flying past us anywhere from 50 to 65
mph, but at least they are a distance away.
We were going to take Lapeer all the
way to the new section of road that just recently opened where Dutton goes
straight out to Lapeer. When we got close we changed our minds and took
the industrial road to Dutton instead. This section of Dutton heading
east toward Squirrel is down hill and you can really pick up speed. We
started going fast but the light at Squirrel forced us to slow down which
ruined any chance of a new speed record this day. We still got up to a
good speed, but no where near our record.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 18.2 miles total, 32.50 max mph, 1 hour and 36 minutes time on
bikes and 11.2 average mph.