Sunday December 2, 2006 was starting
to finally feel like winter. It was cold outside. The temperature was in
the low 20ís with a decent breeze making the wind chill even lower. There
was also a light snow falling. This was all adding up to a perfect
morning for a bike ride. Normal human beings would stay inside their safe
warm house on a morning like this, but not Pete and David the most
faithful of the PCT bike club members. We decided to start out this
Sunday right with a refreshing breakfast ride. It wouldnít be a long
ride, but just long enough to get some breakfast and run a quick errand at
a hardware store.
The day before this ride Pete and I
traveled to Royal Oak to stop by my parentís house and also stop by and
visit our friend and fellow club member Gary. I installed a short hand
rail in a section heading to the attic that never had a rail. I was
intending to also install a full length rail on the opposite side, but it
turned out there was either cement or block behind the drywall on the
opposite side. I didnít have the proper tools to drill into the hard
substrate so we ended up with just the one short piece getting installed.
I addition to installing the hand
rail I also gave my Dad a haircut. Among my many talents I have to admit
I am pretty good at giving haircuts. My Dad had just recently gotten home
from the rehab place he was staying after recovering from his hip
surgery. He wanted a haircut and I was more than happy to accommodate.
Pete was actually helpful during the hand rail installation and he was
very patient during the haircut. It was good to visit with my parents.
Next stop was Garyís house. Gary
had recently purchased a Garmin iQue M3, which is a windows based palm
device as well as a full blown GPS. Pete and I both highly recommend the
Garmin iQue M3, for the money it is the best device with its capabilities
on the market. But, you better get one soon since Garmin has discontinued
its production. Garmin plans to concentrate on add on GPS attachments for
other companies products and get out of the PDA business. Pete planned to
help set up Garyís new Garmin software on his computer while I gave Gary a
tutorial on how to use the device. Overall it went quite well. Pete
made progressing on the computer while Gary picked up how to operate the
unit very well. Again, it was good to visit with Gary and Judy, not a bad
way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Back to the bike ride. I rode over
and met Pete part way to his house. From there we headed straight to the
Greek Island. Youíll never guess what we ordered, yep youíre right the
breakfast special. After breakfast we got back on our bikes and headed
over to a ACE Hardware store on the north side of downtown Rochester.
We wanted to pick up a few new foam
brushes to use on the Jubilee pinball machine Pete and I were in the
middle of restoring. We were to the point of applying multiple coats of
varathane to the playfield surface. The varathane dries to a hard shinny
surface. This extra step of coating the play field is a fair amount of
work, but it sure makes the game look and play great once everything is
put back together. ACE had what we needed and after our purchase we were
back on our bikes again.
Next we rode straight home with
plans for Pete to come over to my house to work on the game using the new
foam brushes we just obtained. We took our time riding home and even
though we never got our pace very fast it was still a decent workout due
to the fact it is mostly uphill this direction. The snow never amounted
to much this day. The flurries were too light and infrequent to
accumulate on the ground. It did warm up a little for the ride home, but
not much. The weather wasnít a problem because we dressed appropriately
for the weather.
Following are the statistics from this ride, 10.3 miles
total, 19.4 max, and almost exactly 1 hour of ride time with an average
speed of 10.2 mph.