Saturday June 23, 2007 Maxís little
league baseball team had made it to the finals for the championship.
Since this tournament was a double elimination and the team they would be
playing hadnít lost yet the only way Maxís team could win it all is if
they could win the first game and there by forcing a second game in which
they would have to win that one as well. The first game was scheduled for
11:00 am so I needed to make sure I was back in time from my bike ride to
head over to the game.
Bob needed to be home relatively
early as well, so we decided to do an early morning breakfast ride. It
was just me and Bob and we started out by me picking up Bob from his house
at 7:00 am. This might seem early to most sleepy heads, but to me this is
the perfect time to start out. The temperatures are usually a bit cooler
and the roads are darn near empty.
Our first destination was our
favorite breakfast place, Greek Island. By the time we left Bobís house
and did a nice easy ride to the restaurant it was about 7:30 and the Greek
Island was open for business. We were one of the first customers that
morning. We took a seat next to a window where we could keep an eye on
I canít remember for sure what we
ordered, I think I got French toast. I do remember our meals were fine,
no issues. After we finished eating it was time to mount back on our
bikes and ride some more. We paused for a minute trying to decide where
to go next. Because we both had to get back fairly early we decided to
ride over to Oakland University (OU) and ride around the campus grounds.
OU is a fairly large campus so it is easy to get in quite a few miles
while being able to ride all over. The campus has many hills so you can
get a good workout as well.
After riding around the campus for
35 to 40 minutes we exited on the west side onto Squirrel Road. We went
across Squirrel to the small park adjacent to the city of Auburn Hills
administration buildings. The park has a short trail in amongst a bunch
of trees along a narrow river. It is a short trail, but very scenic and
enjoyable. We came off the trail into a parking lot and rode behind some
businesses as we headed north parallel to Squirrel. Finally we came out
back onto the paved bike path along Squirrel heading for home.
We stopped at a McDonalds, Bob
wanted to get his son Mark a carryout breakfast on our way home. He went
inside and I waited out front. The big breakfast Bob purchased fit
perfectly inside his burrito basket. We were quickly back on our bikes
heading for home again. We stayed on Squirrel to Tienken where we went
east and came in the back of the subdivision. We got home around 9:00 am
which was plenty early to join Max and Diane for the baseball game.
Following are the statistics from this ride 13.7 miles
total, 23.5 max speed, 10.1 mph average speed and 1 hour and 21 minutes
time moving on bikes.