Monday July 24, 2006 Pete and I did
an evening ride after work.
Late July 2006 and the weather has
been very warm and humid. Riding in the evening after work is nice
because typically the temperature has dropped a little making the riding a
little more pleasant.
I am going to go off topic for a
minute. The day before on Sunday July 23 Bob and I took our kayaks over
to Stoney Creek Lake. It was again very warm, but overall just a perfect
day for kayaking. Even when the temperature is in the upper 90s it
doesnít feel bad when you are out on the water in a kayak. The water was
as smooth as I have ever seen it before. There were times when the water
surface didnít even have a slight ripple. Bob was paddling after a couple
swans and got relatively close. They didnít seem to mind him so close by
in his kayak. I took a couple pictures of Bob out in front of me while he
was following the swans. In a couple of the pictures you can see the
clear reflection on the water surface of the trees on the shore and the
clouds in the sky. I think these pictures turned out quite well
considering they came from my cell phone.
Back to the bike ride. I rode over
and met Pete at his house. From there we headed over to the trail.
Coasting down Dutton hill on the way to the Paint Creek Trail (PCT) we
reached our maximum speed. We took the trail south into town. We got off
the trail on Woodward and headed east toward Rochester Road. This isnít
the same Woodward that connects Detroit and Pontiac. We have a secondary
road that runs east and west just south of Tienken that is also named
Woodward. Pete has a real sweet tooth for heath blizzards at the Dairy
Queen so we stopped for desert. I enjoy an ice-cream treat as well, so I
never argue when Pete suggests stopping for a blizzard.
Pete had a book on hold at the
Library. So, the library was going to be our next stop. It is just a
short ride from the Dairy Queen on Rochester Road to the Library. Once we
got there Pete went inside and I waited outside sitting on a bench
relaxing next to our bikes. Due to a long line at the check out counter
it took Pete a bit longer than I expected. Once Pete had his book we were
back on our bikes starting our ride home.
We took a regular route back toward
home. At one point after having just cut through an elementary school
there were some young kids sitting in their driveway just goofing around.
Shortly after they noticed us they started yelling out for us to honk our
horns. Pete had told me about these kids, but this was the first time I
had experienced this type of recognition. Peteís air horn was low on air
and he when he tried to give the kids a blast the lack of air resulted in
barely a short toot. Since the kids were still yelling I pressed the
button on my air horn and gave them a good loud blast. They seemed
appreciative by yelling out and laughing.
The rest of the ride home was an
easy fun ride home.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 17.4 miles total, 36.0 max mph, 1 hour and 36 minutes time on
bikes and 10.8 average mph.