Sunday October 29, 2006 Pete, Paul
did a morning ride. This weekend we gained an extra hour due to day
light savings time. So, when I rode over to Pete's house to pick up
Pete and Paul at 8:00 am it actually felt more like 9:00 am and I had
already been up and about for a few hours. My body clock takes a
couple days to adjust to the time change. Sense I was up for a few
hours I had to eat breakfast at home before jumping on my bike, I was just
too hungry to wait until we rode somewhere.
It was cold, but not bitterly cold
so we didn't have to bundle up too much for this ride. It was in the
mid 30's when we started and the wind was fairly stiff, so a good
windbreaker was important for this day. I also wore my thin head
cover to protect my ears and neck from the cool wind.
I think out of habit we rode
straight to the Greek Island. I think Pete was hungry, but both Paul
and I weren't ready to eat yet so we decided to keep riding. Pete
said he was hungry and he definitely wanted to stop to eat. We all
agreed to ride just a little further and then stop for something quick to
eat. We got as far as the McDonalds on Rochester Road south of
Walton almost all the way to Avon. Pete got his usual breakfast
burrito that he really enjoys from McDonalds. I got a ham egg and
cheese Mcgriddle breakfast sandwich. I can't remember if Paul got
anything to eat or not, it seems like he might have waited outside for us
without getting anything, but I'm not sure.
After our short stop at McDonalds we
kept riding for a while longer. I thought the wind might slow down
after a while, but it didn't. The wind kept going making the riding
a little more difficult than normal. Pete used his air horn to get
the attention of the driver of a car that wasn't looking our direction as
we approached a driveway of one of the shopping centers on Rochester Road.
I am ashamed we have to use our air horns so often, but it is just a sad
reflection of how the average driver has no clue how to properly look out
for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Our friend and fellow pinball
collector Rick was having a problem with one of his games, it was hockey
themed game. We headed west over to Rick's house on Crooks. We
planned to stop in and help him fix the game. Paul was going to bowl
a few games on Rick's really cool old electro-mechanical ball bowler.
Once we got to Rick's we visited for a minute before getting to work.
Paul enjoyed the ball bowler and he also spent some time playing the
newest pinball game in Rick's collection, Elvis. The Elvis game is
only a year or so old and Rick got it brand new, so it is in excellent
condition and a really fun game to play. After fixing Rick's game we
spent a couple minutes playing a few games as well. Rick has a great
set up in his basement with a wide variety of games including a great
pinball collection spanning many decades of game types. I think I
mentioned this before, but I'm not really sure so I will mention it again.
Rick finished his basement himself and in the bathroom he installed a
urinal like you would find in a public restroom. Pete thinks the
urinal is a very cool feature of Rick's basement and he uses it every time
we visit Rick. I think he uses it whether he needs to or not just
because he thinks it is so cool to have a urinal in a house. It was
time to say farewell to Rick and start our ride back home. We put
our jackets, head cover, gloves and helmets back on in preparation for the
final leg of this day's ride.
Shortly after leaving Rick's we were
making good time heading back home when Paul and I noticed that Pete had
fallen a ways behind. Paul and I stopped and looked back to see why
Pete had gotten so far behind. We quickly noticed Pete was walking
his bike. At first I wasn't sure if Pete had just gotten tired and
decided to walk up the incline Paul and I had just finished riding up, or
if he had bike trouble. We waited for Pete and as he walked up
closer to us it was obvious he had another flat tire. The reason I
say another flat tire is it seems Pete has had a rash of flat tires in
recent rides. We all started walking as we discussed our options.
Paul took off on his own to ride home. I walked a few more minutes
with Pete before we decided I should just take off for home and then head
back in my PT Cruiser and give Pete and his disabled bike a lift home.
Our average speed on this day was not a true reflection of the decent pace
we were riding this day due to the time walking. It took me a little
while to get home and head back to find Pete. I called Pete on his
cell phone to find his current location. We hooked up quickly and we
loaded his bike into the back of the PT. After you fold the rear
seats down the PT actually has a fair amount of room. Pete's bike
fit in nicely after we took off the front tire. After a short car
ride I dropped Pete and his bike off at his house. For some reason
Pete has had bad luck with flat tires. Early on in the bike club
history I got 3 or 4 flat tires in a row before Pete got his first flat
tire. Now it seems the trend has changed and it is Pete that is
getting multiple flat tires in a row. I wonder if I am going to
start breaking spokes which was Pete's reoccurring problem early in our
bike club experience. I'm not sure Pete would agree due to how the
ride ended for him, but I certainly had a good time this day including the
visit to Rick's and the fact that I got the chance to get out and have a
nice ride on a brisk fall weekend day.
Following are the statistics from the ride, 17.5 miles
total, 25.0 max mph, 1 hour and 41 minutes time on bikes and 10.4 average