Monday Sep 3, 2007 was a holiday,
Labor Day. My company along with almost all automotive related companies
schedule this holiday as a non-working day. I think Bob was still out of
town visiting friends up north and Steve had plans for a birthday party
this day so he wasnít available either. Pete and I werenít doing anything
in the morning so we decided to do a ride.
We did a morning ride, but not too
early, we decided to sleep in a little. I rode over to meet Pete at his
house around 9:30 am. We talked a couple minutes trying to decide where
to ride this day. We were leaning toward taking the PCT north to Lake
Orion. At the last minute we decided to go the opposite way and head
south toward Rochester. Iím not sure why we changed our minds, I think it
was because Pete wanted to stop by his Credit Union and we both agreed we
needed to pick up an item at our local Murrayís auto part store near John
R and Auburn.
We did take the trail south and got
off at Woodward where we cut over to Rochester Road. On our way down
Rochester Road we cut through a couple car dealerships looking at both
used and new cars sitting out in the lots. The Dealerships werenít open
so there werenít any salespeople out bugging us as we slowly rode around
looking at vehicles. Even though I understand how much inefficiency and
waste goes into to making of a car and car parts I am still amazed at the
price of a new vehicle.
Again, we were fortunate to have
great weather on this day. For a long holiday weekend in Michigan we
actually had really nice weather for each day. Even though I know fall is
coming upon us very soon it didnít feel like a fall day, it still felt
like a nice summer day. There wasnít a whole lot of traffic out yet, must
be a lot of people are taking advantage of sleeping in on this holiday. I
always enjoy our bike rides during early morning or on holidays when
traffic is less than normal. It is quieter and more peaceful and even
though we can never let our guard down it seems like we donít have to be
quite as alert when riding on these type days.
After touring the car dealerships we
made our way further south and east to Peteís credit union. I always have
to tease Pete about how far this place is from where he lives and works.
But, I have to admit it has given us a destination to ride when we are
trying to decide where to go. After the credit union we went to
Murrayís. Pete was looking for some touch up paint for one of his cars.
I wanted to get a product called back to black. Back to black is a liquid
that comes in a small bottle and it is used to restore the black color to
certain plastic parts on cars. I use it on the Jeep Wrangler fenders.
These fenders are plastic and black in color when new. Over time they
tend to fade to a grey color and it doesnít look quite as nice. Now that
Jonathan is driving the Jeep quite a bit I showed him how the back to
black works and he used up the last of the bottle we had. I told Jonathan
I would get some more next time I was at the auto part store, and this was
the time. I quickly found what I was looking for and I paid for my item
and put it in my burrito basket. I went back inside and Pete was still
looking at the touch up paint. He couldnít remember exactly which color
of dark red he needed and when checking the book for the year and model of
his car they had two choices. He was pretty sure which one he needed, but
he made a quick phone call to home and asked someone to check the color
written on the inside of the car door just to confirm. Pete made his
purchase and we were on our way.
It was approaching lunch time and we
were a bit hungry so we agreed to stop somewhere for an early lunch. We
didnít want to waste too much time this day so we ended up going to Taco
Bell. We each got something to eat including a diet Coke. I ate mine as
fast as I could making a concerted effort to try and finish before Pete.
No chance, Pete just has the fine art of eating fast down pat. After a
few bites I was done and ready to join Pete who had already made a
bathroom stop in the time I was taking to finish eating. I got a refill
on my pop and placed it in the wire form water bottle holder on my bike.
I really didnít want any more pop, but for some reason when there are free
refills I feel obligated to get one even if I am no longer thirsty. Never
know, I might want a drink somewhere along the ride back home.
After Taco Bell we headed straight
home. We took one of our regular routes through various subdivisions. It
was somewhere between noon and 1:00 pm when we got back, I think a little
closer to 1:00 pm. Overall a nice ride and we still had the better part
of this Holiday Monday still ahead of us.
Following are the ride statistics
from this day. 20.4 miles total, 23.5 mph max speed, average speed 11.5
mph with time on bikes of 1 hour and 46 minutes.