Friday evening June 9, 2006 Pete and
I were still trying to get in as many rides as we could in preparation for
the Tour de Cure ride in two days. The weather was nice and it was a
perfect evening for a short ride. We figured we could easily get in a few
miles before it started to get dark.
After work and a quick dinner I rode
over to meet Pete at his house. We took Paint Creek Trail south toward
Rochester. There were a few other bikers, walkers and joggers out on the
trail this day. It is a different crowd of people out on the trail during
a week night as opposed to the weekends. It seems to be a more casual
crowd. The more serious trail users seem to come out on the weekends.
Once we got to the end of the trail
Pete decided he wanted an ice cream so we headed over to the Dairy Queen
on Rochester Road. This Dairy Queen gets a lot of business and on a nice
early summer evening it is usually very busy. When we got there the line
was just approaching overflowing outside the door. They had at least four
people working so the wait wasnít bad. I got a small soft serve chocolate
vanilla twist cone and Pete got a fancy blizzard of some sort. Once we
got our ice cream we went back outside to sit on the ledge out front of
the place next to where we parked our bikes.
When we got outside we ran into
Bobís next door neighbors Paul and Kristen and their kids. We talked to
them about the big remodeling job they are currently doing on their
house. They are having a lot of work done including an addition. It
sounds interesting and I am looking forward to seeing it once they are
finished. Paul was surprised to see that Pete and I had ridden our bikes
to the Dairy Queen, I told him we still ride quite often, usually on the
weekends but every once in a while after work during the week as well.
Paulís family finished their ice
cream and they headed out while Pete and I were still finishing ours. As
we sat there enjoying our treat I noticed an elderly lady methodically
maneuvering her car into a parking spot along the fence. There was a car
in front of her and a car behind her and I was amazed at what a good job
she did getting her car part way into the spot. There was no way in the
world she could ever get her car all the way into the spot, but she came
closer than I thought was possible. Once she got there she just sat in
her car without moving. She was all by herself and I couldnít figure out
why she was even there. In front of her was a white sedan and behind her
was a large black SUV of some sort. A young couple that owned the SUV
behind her was done and they got into their vehicle, but there was no way
they could get out, they were wedged in tight. The guy stayed in the car
while the girl got out and tried to give him directions as he tried to get
out. He could only move 6 inches forward and rearward which didnít allow
any progress. The elderly lady saw what was going on behind her and she
moved forward as much as she could, which was only about another 6 inches
which really didnít help the situation. By this time both Pete and I were
done with our ice cream but we werenít going anywhere, we decided to wait
to see how this situation turned out. The white sedan upfront could have
relieved the log jam, but the owner of that vehicle was nowhere in sight.
After about another five or six minutes the owner of the vehicle behind
the black SUV showed up and they had a little space behind them and they
were able to pull out which in turn allowed the SUV to get out. About
this time an elderly man showed up carrying an ice cream. This was who
the elderly lady must have been waiting for. The elderly man got in the
passenger side and with the SUV no longer behind her she was able to back
up and pull out without any problem.
I guess the point to this sub-story
is that it is a lot easier just to ride your bike to the Dairy Queen.
Once the show was over Pete and I
put our helmets back on and we started our uphill ride home. We rode
pretty much straight home after the Dairy Queen.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 13.5 miles total, 23.5 max mph, 1 hour and 17 minutes time on
bikes and 10.5 average mph.