Sunday June 17, 2007 my youngest son
Max’s little league baseball team was in the playoffs and he had a game
scheduled for this day at Hart Middle School at noon. Pete and talked the
day before about this game and Pete expressed some interest in watching
the game, so we decided to ride our bikes to the game.
This day was also father’s day and
what better way for a father to spend the day other than a bike ride to
watch his son play the grand old game of baseball. I rode over to pick up
Pete and was surprised to find out that Pete’s son Paul was also planning
to ride with us. I warned Paul that these games sometimes go long, real
long. Paul said he didn’t mind and was still willing to go with us.
Hart Middle School is located right
across from Stoney Creek High School which is just east of Rochester Road
and north of Tienken. This area is relatively close so it was going to be
a short ride. We took Dutton to the Paint Creek Trail (PCT) and went
south on the trail to Tienken and then went straight east on Tienken the
rest of the way. I forgot how easily we can get to this area on our
bikes. As it turned out I actually showed up a little earlier than I
needed at Pete’s house. We were planning to stop and buy carryout lunch
at the new Quizzno’s that just recently opened in the new shopping center
on the south east corner of Rochester and Tienken.
Diane was working this morning so
she was going to drive up to the game after she got home and changed. I
got a few extra water bottles and put them into the cooler bag we keep in
the back of the van so they would be ready when Diane got home. I also
got Jonathan to drive Max to the game so I wouldn’t have to rush him there
and then race home to get on my bike and ride over to Pete’s in time to
give us enough time to stop for lunch and still get to the game on time.
This was a really sunny and hot
day. It was one of these days where you start sweating as soon as you
walk outside. It had to be in the low to mid 90s without any cloud cover
what so ever. I had already decided to use an umbrella as soon as Diane
showed up for the game.
Pete, Paul and I made the easy ride
to Quizzno’s without any problem. From Pete’s house this is a short ride,
only 3 to 3 ˝ miles at the most. Quizzno’s wasn’t busy and we quickly
placed our orders and got our lunches and in no time we were back on our
bikes for the short ride to the ball diamond. We brought extra drinks so
our burrito baskets we completely full by the time we put in our recently
purchased subs for lunch.
We rode our bikes right up to the
field where Max was playing. We obviously didn’t bring any lawn chairs
with us, so we rode over to the bleachers down the first base line. We
parked our bikes behind the bleachers and climbed to the top row hoping
for a little breeze on this hot day. Pete was thinking before he left his
house and he brought a small bottle of sun screen. I had already lathered
up pretty good before I left my house that morning, but I could tell this
was going to be one of those days where the sun is very powerful. I took
some of Pete’s sunscreen and put on a little more just to be safe.
We got to the game a little early.
Max’s team was out taking infield practice when we sat down. It didn’t
take long for Pete to bellow out a few words of encouragement to Max. Now
officially everyone at both fields knew there was a kid named Max
playing. I don’t think Pete’s screaming out Max’s name bothered him too
much because Max looked over smiled and waved to us. I could see there
were kids on Max’s team looking over and asking who was yelling out his
name. I guess the good thing about getting to the game early is that Pete
got his screaming out of his system before the game started.
We ate our subs as we sat in the
bleachers watching the players get ready for the start of the game. As I
warned Paul the game was very slow in progressing. They spent too much
time between innings. These games could be much quicker if the players
hustled on and off the field and they cut down on the amount of infield
practice between innings. You would think we were waiting for TV
commercials or something.
Diane called to find out if the game
started. I told her it had and Max didn’t start so she didn’t need to
hurry. Well it turns out Max only sat out the first inning and was in the
game the next inning and Diane missed Max getting a hit in his first at
bat. Pete asked me to ask Diane to bring some snacks, I did relay the
snack request message. Diane and Melissa showed up a few minutes later.
I went to the van to help carry the extra water bottles, lawn chairs and
umbrellas back to the field. I was glad to get an umbrella, I used it
when I went back to sit in the bleachers with Pete and Paul. I offered
them an umbrella as well, but they declined. They didn’t decline the bag
of snacks that Diane brought. Paul had a small bag of cookies I think and
Pete pretty much ate everything else. Luckily Pete didn’t notice Diane’s
lunch she had brought in the bottom of the bag or he may have eaten that
as well, then we would have had big trouble.
It ended up being a close game but
Max’s team pulled it out in the last inning. At the end of the game Max’s
coach asked his team to invite their Dads on to the field. They lined us
up on the third base line and then the coach gave each kid a red rose.
Then one at a time each kid walked out to give their Dad a hug and give
them the rose. I told the Dad I was standing next to that this was a
really nice gesture, but I would rather have a candy bar instead of a
rose. I gave my rose to Diane and then joined up with Pete and Paul for
our ride home. When I looked down the line of Dads I noticed I was the
only one holding a bicycle helmet.
Pete wanted to stop for a frozen
drink and use the rest room at the Speedway gas station at the corner of
Tienken and Rochester. Paul didn’t stop with us he just kept riding
straight home. We made the short ride back to Pete’s house easily without
When we got to Pete’s house we
jumped in their pool to cool off. I only hung around in the pool for a
little while before I rode the final 2.2 miles back to my house.
Following are the statistics from this ride 13.2 miles
total, 25.5 max speed, 10.3 mph average speed and 1 hour and 17 minutes
time moving on bikes.