Sunday September 17, 2006 Pete and I
decided to get our day started right with an early morning breakfast ride.
It was a cool clear morning with a slight wind in the air. Still a
very nice day for a bike ride. I put on a light jacket with a thin
pair of gloves, which I would be able to stow away in my burrito basket
after the sun warms up the air.
I rode over to meet Pete at his
house. There wasn't much traffic on the roads this Sunday morning.
I arrived at Pete's around 7:30 am our designated start time. It
only Pete a couple minutes to get ready and after a short rest I was back
out riding again, this time with Pete along. We took our regular
route directly to the Greek Island. It doesn't take us long to ride
the short four plus miles to the Greek Island, and by the time we got
there it wasn't open yet. Even though it would be open in ten
minutes we decided to keep riding instead of waiting around.
We ended up riding toward the
business district of Rochester. Pete needed some air in his tires so
we stopped at a gas station while Pete filled his tires. After a
little more riding we were both hungry and we headed back to the Greek
Island. This time they were open and we went inside and took a booth
and ordered breakfast. We had our regular which is the breakfast
special. Pete ordered his eggs under easy which has also become sort
of a tradition. The waitresses are even getting used to Pete and a
few of them don't even blink when he orders under easy.
After breakfast we got on our bikes
and we were headed for home as we approached an older gentleman walking
toward the shopping center we had just a few seconds earlier left behind.
I noticed this man was wearing a Tiger Woods baseball cap and he also had
on a Chicago Bears sweatshirt. Our pathetic Detroit Lions were
scheduled to play against the Bears this day, and this guy wasn't hiding
the fact that he was Bears fan. As Pete approached this guy he
obviously must have noticed the Bears sweatshirt and Pete yelled out Go
Lions. Well, this got this guy going and he started yelling in good
spirit back at Pete how the Bears were going to win. We stopped to
talk with this guy for a couple minutes. He asked us if we had heard
about the city of Toledo possibly getting a professional football team.
This is a very old joke and one that you hear quite often being a Lion
fan, but we played along and let this guy finish his story. We said
no we hadn't heard about Toledo getting a professional football team.
This guy got a big smile on his face as he unleashed his punch line.
He said the league wasn't going to allow Toledo to get a professional team
because then the city of Detroit would want one too. We all laughed
at this joke and he gave us a couple more quick one liners about the Lions
and Bears before we parted company.
We said farewell to the Bears fan
and continued our ride. It was going to be a relatively short ride
this day. Something must have been going on and one or both of us
must have needed to get home early for other plans. We took our
regular route through the neighborhoods back toward home.
Following are the statistics from the ride, 12.6 miles
total, 21.0 max mph, 1 hour and 13 minutes time on bikes and 10.2 average