Sunday July 30, 2006 Pete and I were
joined by my brother and fellow club member Tom for a nice hot weekend
ride. It was in the low 90s for this ride which made us all agree to a
rather short trip.
Tom drove out to my house with his
bike on the back of his Commander held on by a bike rack. Tom brought his
son Andy out to my house to hang out with Jonathan and Max one last time
before Andy ends his extended summer visit. We also didnít want to leave
the boys stuck at my house too long, which is another reason we made this
a short ride.
Tom and I rode over and picked Pete
up at his house. We headed over to Paint Creek Trail (PCT) through Peteís
sub and then down Dutton hill. As usual when we take this route we
reached our maximum speed while coasting down the hill just before the
trail. The ride on PCT was very nice. Each of us took turns in the
leading and trailing. There were quite a few people out on the trail
which forced us to ride a majority of the way in single file.
We cut off the trail right at
Rochester Park and we headed east toward Rochester Road. I was wondering
at first where Pete was headed, but then it dawned on me that he was
probably going to the Dairy Queen. I was right, we pulled up and stopped
our bikes at the Dairy Queen and we each got a treat. The Dairy Queen
wasnít as crowded as it normally is on a warm day, the line was relatively
short. We must have gotten there at the right time because I noticed the
line getting longer and longer after we got through.
After our ice cream we rode pretty
much straight back home. As we approached the area where we typically
split off from Pete we slowed down to talk for a minute. Pete invited us
to come on back over to his house with the boys to cool off in his
Tom and I rode the final 2 miles
back to my house where we got a mixed reaction from the boys as to whether
they wanted to go swimming or not. Tom and I decided we should take Pete
up on his offer and we loaded up Andy and Max into the car and went to
Peteís. We got into the pool shortly after arriving and we stayed in the
water for a long time. I thought we might be overstaying our welcome but
Pete didnít seem to mind so we just hung out in the pool for a while.
Apparently Diane called Elaine and they made plans for a cook out dinner
at Peteís. We played volley ball in the pool for quite a while. Max took
a hard shot off his nose at one point from Pete and they were on the same
team, Iím not sure how that happened. Max shook it off and continued
Shortly after Diane showed up with
some food I got out of the pool and helped out by manning the grill.
Pete, Tom , Andy and Max kept playing in the water. They started playing
a game where Pete stood at one end in the pool and Tom and Max took turns
jumping in while trying to catch a small soft ball thrown by Pete. The
object was to catch the ball while doing something creative and Pete was
handing out points and keeping track of totals to determine an eventual
winner between Tom and Max. Iím not sure who the biggest kid was during
this game, but I can tell you that Max was probably the most mature. I
kind of quit paying attention so I am not sure who ended up winning
between Max and Tom. The points would change quickly based on Peteís
We ended up having a nice meal and
it was a very enjoyable way to spend the late afternoon and early evening
on this very warm day.
Following are the statistics from
the ride, 11.0 miles total, 37.0 max mph, 57 minutes time on bikes and
11.4 average mph.