Sunday November 26, 2006 was the
last day of our long holiday weekend. It would be a good way to end the
long weekend with one more bike ride. The really cold weather was holding
off making bike riding still attractive for this late in the year.
On this ride it was just me and
Pete. We decided to start out early and do breakfast at the Greek
Island. I rode over and picked up Pete at his house. We took our regular
route to the Greek Island. I was really hungry since I didnít eat
anything before I left my house. Luckily it is a short quick ride to the
Greek Island. We covered the approximate 2.5 miles from Peteís house to
the restaurant in about 15 minutes. We didnít bother to lock our bikes,
we leaned them against the wooden slatted rail opposite the walk way along
the window of the building. We usually sit in one of the booths right
next to this window, that way we can keep an eye on our bikes.
Big surprise, we each ordered the
breakfast special. If I had a nickel for every time I wrote we ordered
the breakfast special, I would have a lot of nickels. I wonder why that
expression uses nickels instead of another denomination coin. Maybe it is
just me that uses nickels and everyone else uses dimes or quarters. I
guess I really donít know, I will have to pay attention in the future when
people use that phrase to get a feel if nickel is the most common or not.
For some reason I am partial to the nickel.
After taking our time enjoying our
meal and having a nice conversation it was time for Pete and me to get
back on our bikes and get in a few more miles before heading home.
Neither one of us had big plans for the rest of the day so we each agreed
to get together later at my house and work on the Jubilee pinball game we
had recently picked up. See the previous story on November 24 for the
details of how we came about the Jubilee game.
We headed south and ended up at the
shopping center on Rochester Road just north of Auburn. We tried to go in
the Best Buy store, but they werenít open yet. Instead we rode across
Auburn and went to the Meijer store. We wandered around Meijers for a
little while just looking at stuff. I donít think either one of us bought
anything. We werenít in the store long before we decided to leave and
head for home. I think we were both getting anxious to work on the
pinball game. I tend to go in streaks when it comes to working on pinball
games. Sometimes it is really fun and then other times I just donít feel
in the mode. Working on Tonyís Old Chicago recently was a lot of fun and
I think both Pete and I enjoy working on games together. It is always
more fun to do stuff with someone else, especially working on pinball
games. It takes away the solitude and monotonous nature that comes with
working by yourself.
After Meijers we rode pretty much
straight home. It was a relatively pleasant ride home without anything
too significant to report. When we got to the area where Pete and I
typically split off, we did just that, Pete went to his house and I rode
to mine. Pete would drive over in his car shortly there after and we
would indeed spend a few hours working on the Jubilee.
Following are the statistics from this ride, 18.6 miles
total, 21.5 max, and 1 hour and 40 minutes of ride time with an average
speed of 11.0 mph.