Thursday evening on July 6, 2006
Pete and I did a nice ride after dinner. I canít remember what prompted
us to ride this day, other than it was a nice evening and neither one of
us had anything special planned.
I rode over and met Pete at his
house around 6:30 pm. We started out by heading down the Dutton hill to
the Paint Creek Trail (PCT). We took the trail south into Rochester. We
rode over to the Dairy Queen on Rochester Road and stopped for a treat.
At first I thought this might just be a quick ride for ice cream and then
back home, but we both felt like riding more so we just kept going.
We went south through downtown
Rochester and we picked up the Clinton river Trail (CRT) heading west. We
stayed on this trail all the way to Crooks Road. Pete needed to stop and
see our pinball friend Rick who lives right on Crooks. We rode over to
Rickís and Pete called him using his cell phone while we rested on the
bike path right near Rickís house. It didnít look like anyone was home
and when no one answered Peteís call we came to the conclusion no one was
After this short stop we started
heading back north toward home. We rode through a few subdivisions until
we came out on Adams Road. Almost to Tienken we tuned off Adams heading
west on Palm Air Street. We then cut through another group of
subdivisions on our way to Squirrel Road. We decided to stop by and visit
Peteís Mom and Dad as one last stop before heading home.
Peteís parents were home and we went
inside for a cool drink and a quick visit. They showed us a blank spot on
the half wall that divides the kitchen from the family room. There used
to be a small couch or love seat that they recently moved out and they
have a new small couch being delivered the next day. Next time I visit I
will have to check out the new piece of furniture. While we were visiting
the topic of a nephew of Peteís from Ohio came up. Apparently this young
fellow is new to bike riding and he made the mistake of riding out into
the street from his driveway without looking for cars. A lady happened to
be driving by at the same time and he was hit by the car. Luckily nothing
serious happened to the boy, but this is an example how important bike
safety and cautious driving is when driving through residential areas. If
I remember correctly the lady was driving relatively slow, like around 15
mph. Even at that slow speed she was not able to avoid hitting the boy,
but maybe driving so slow is the reason the boy wasnít hurt.
After our drink and visit with
Peteís parents it was starting to get dark. I turned on my light up spoke
reflectors and my head light for the short ride home. We rode the short
distance from Squirrel to my house and Pete continued on to his house.
Pete and I have been doing quite a
bit of riding again lately. I feel like I am building up my length
strength and lung capacity. It had dropped off a little when our rides
became a little less frequent. Pete has been talking about doing another
100 mile ride in the near future. I was concerned I wasnít in good enough
shape for another 100 mile ride, but I think I am getting close to being
able to handle this again. For this next 100 mile ride Pete has the crazy
idea of doing it overnight. We would start out in the evening and ride
all night and finish in the morning. I am not so sure about the sanity of
a ride like this. I have to admit it would be unique, but I am going to
have to give it some more thought before I fully commit to this type of
ride. We had trouble getting people to join us on our previous 100 mile
ride when it was during the day, I can only imagine it will be near
impossible to get people to join us when we do it overnight. Stay tuned I
will have more on this subject as the planning progresses.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 18.1 miles total, 23.0 max mph, 1 hour and 36 minutes time on
bikes and 11.2 average mph.