Saturday June 10, 2006 Pete and I
decided to ride one more time before the big Tour de Cure ride the next
day. We havenít ridden as much this year in preparation for the Tour de
Cure ride, but I think we will still be in good enough shape.
Pete told me that Steve was thinking
about joining us this day, but his dad is in town so he isnít going to be
able to ride. I started out riding over to pick up Pete from his house.
From there we rode over to Steveís house to drop something off. I got the
chance to meet Steveís dad RC, big R little C, as he said when we were
introduced. I could see the family resemblance between Steve and RC. Not
only do they look alike but their mannerisms and out going personalities
are also very similar. RC is a little shorter than Steve, otherwise it
might be difficult to tell them apart.
Apparently RC just recently obtained
a Garmin GPS unit and Steve was on the computer trying to get it set up
when we showed up. Pete offered some advice and gave Steve some ideas of
what to try. You just canít beat a Garmin unit, they are fantastic.
After hanging out and talking to Steve and RC it was time for Pete and me
to hit the road.
We rode over to the Paint Creek
Trail (PCT) and took it south until we came to the Clinton River Trail
(CRT). We took the CRT to Hamlin and cut over to Rochester Road. By this
time we were both hungry and we decided to stop at the Hamlin Pub for
lunch. The Pub was showing a world cup soccer game which we caught the
tail end. Iím not sure but I think it was the England vs. Paraguay game.
The Pub is a great place to watch world cup soccer, many transplanted
Europeans come out to watch their favorite teams with friends.
After a consistently good lunch
Pete and I were back on our bikes for the ride home. Pete still has
Paulís old bike radio mounted to the handle bars of his bike. It is nice
having music playing as we ride through the quiet streets of the Rochester
area. With the Tigers doing well this season it is also nice being able
to turn on the radio and listen to the Tigers as we pedal along.
Since the Tour de Cure ride is
tomorrow Pete and I made our plans for the next day during this ride
home. Pete has an acquaintance through a friend that recently obtained an
Old Chicago pinball machine. Old Chicago is a mid 70ís Bally game that is
fun and is a classic. Ironically both Pete and I own one of these games,
there are only a couple games in our collections we share in common, this
being one. The guy with this pinball game is having trouble getting it
working all the way, so Pete told the guy we would stop by after the Tour
de Cure to check out the game to see if we could get it going. Apparently
this guy lives relatively close to where we will be on the west side of
town, so we will just make a short stop on the way home.
After todayís ride, Pete and I are
ready for the big ride tomorrow. The weather was beautiful for todayís
ride and the prediction is even better for tomorrow. I am hoping for a
cool day with a little overcast to keep the sun from overheating us.
The ride home today was nice, no
problems at all, smooth sailing all the way.
Following are the statistics from this ride, 17.4 miles
total, 30.5 max mph, 1 hour and 31 minutes time on bikes and 11.5 average