Saturday July 15, 2006 Pete and I
did a breakfast ride and joining us again was Peteís cousin Mark. Mark
had done a short ride with us the night before and he must have had a good
time because he joined us for this breakfast ride which we planned to be a
nice medium length ride. This would be Markís second ride with us this
Peteís son Paulís graduation party
was taking place later this day, so Pete and Mark wanted to get back
reasonably early. Iím sure they wanted to get back and give Elaine a hand
with the last minute details for the party.
I rode over to Peteís house and met
the guys at 7:30 am to get an early start. We took our regular route to
the Greek Island for breakfast. Pete told Mark the story about the Rocky
style eggs. We all had the breakfast special with Pete and I getting our
regular diet coke to drink and Mark had a cup of coffee. We had a good
time at breakfast.
Once we were done eating we had to
decide where to ride next. Pete and Mark wanted to get in a few more
miles, but they didnít want to get too far from home so that they could
get back relatively early. I suggested we just hop over to Oakland
University (OU) and ride around the campus for a little while. The
grounds at OU are quite large so you can get in a few miles including some
good hills and still be close to home when done. There is also some nice
scenery around OU. Shortly after entering OU we took the main rode around
to the entrance of Meadowbrook and rode down the heavily tree lined drive
up to the mansion. We rode around back of the mansion and out the side
next to the very large white canopy type tent they keep set up for parties
during the summer. It looked like someone had rented the place for a
wedding later in the day because a few things were set up and there were
people around just starting to set up a few more wedding decorations. We
rode past the golf course, the soccer dome and we also rode around a few
of the main school buildings. There werenít many people out walking
around campus this time of day on a Saturday, especially during summer.
We rode up a couple nice hills during our time at OU. I think Pete was
trying to give Mark an appreciation of the hills that we typically ride.
Mark did a nice job of keeping up and he appeared to be enjoying this ride
We also were riding at a nice pace
this day which also allowed us to get in a decent amount of miles rather
quickly. With the recent increase in our average speed with all our rides
lately I have noticed that our overall club average for all our rides
combined has slowly started to creep up.
Once we were done with our riding at
OU the three of us exited the campus and headed back toward home. We took
a fairly direct route and with OU being so close we got home in plenty of
time for Pete and Mark to get their chores for the party done.
I went back over to Peteís house
later that evening for the party, which was a good time.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 24.5 miles total, 24.5 max mph, 1 hour and 6 minutes time on
bikes and 11.6 average mph.