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November 19, 2006
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Sunday November 19, 2006 Pete and I did a nice breakfast ride.  Paul was planning to ride with us, but apparently he changed his mind and decided to sleep in instead.  I rode over to meet Pete at his house and when I didn't see Paul around I asked Pete if he was still going to join us.  Pete told me then that Paul decided to get some extra sleep.  I know a lot of people like to sleep in when they get the chance, but I just don't.  If I stay in bed much longer than 8:00 am I start getting antsy and I feel like I'm wasting the day.

It felt cold this morning.  The temperature was in the low to mid 30's.  For some reason I felt colder than normal when I was riding over to Pete's.  I was counting on warming up as my body heats up from the work out while riding.  I got to Pete's around 8:30 am and believe it or not Pete was almost ready when I arrived.

We were both hungry and because we made plans the night before to do a breakfast ride I didn't eat anything before leaving my house.  The Greek Island was our first stop.  We took our regular route and arrived at the Greek Island in just a few minutes.  We both ordered the breakfast special.  I can't remember how Pete ordered his eggs but I'm sure it was not normal.  After taking our time and enjoying our breakfast we both were up for some additional riding. 

We headed south to the subdivision where the old Rochester Golf Course was located.  This is the golf course where Pete and I spent a lot of time a couple summers ago shortly after it was shut down and the development was just getting under way.  This is where we sliced up sections of a putting green and brought it back to Pete's house to plant in his back yard.  The putting green is still in Pete's yard, but Pete never really took care of it properly.  The putting green grass is still alive, but it could be in better condition if Pete gave it a little more tender loving care. 

It is always interesting to ride around the streets where the golf course used to be.  It is hard to picture what it looked like before.  They saved a few of the trees and a couple of the cart paths still exist in a commons area, but overall the place really looks very different, kind of sad in a way.  I suppose this is progress, things have to change to make way for more places for people to live.  

After our trip down memory lane on the old golf course we next headed over to Best Buy to look around.  When ever Pete and I go to Best Buy we head to the back of the store to look at the large screen TVs.  One of these days Pete is actually going to make up his mind and buy one.  This kind of reminds me of when Pete was looking for a good used car for Paul.  We were always taking side trips through car lots looking at cars.  And once Pete and Paul finally settled on a car I kind of missed the trips riding through the car lots.  I hope even after Pete finally gets his large screen TV we still occasionally visit Best Buy just to check things out.  We don't buy a lot there, but it is fun to look.

When we left the store for our ride home it even felt a little colder than before.  It seemed like the temperature was dropping slightly.  Shortly into the ride home it started snowing.  Who knew then we would get more snow in November than December and January combined.  The wind kicked up and with the snow blowing in our face it was going to be a blustery ride home.  At least neither Pete or I got a flat tire on this ride, it seems like Pete has been getting a lot of flat tires recently.  The snow kept up all the way home.  It was a light a snow and there was barely any accumulation by the time we got home.  Overall it was a fun ride and good way to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning.

Following are the statistics from the ride, 22.0 miles total, 20.5 max mph, 2 hour and 5 minutes time on bikes and 10.5 average mph.
David Lindquist 

           
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