This weekend, even thought the club only had one ride
scheduled for Sunday February 22, 2004, I personally was lucky enough to
be able to go on three rides.
Bob got a new comfort bike this past week and since
he wasn’t going to be available for the Sunday ride he was planning to
go for a ride Friday morning. Well
it didn’t take much arm-twisting to talk me into taking a vacation day
on Friday to join Bob for an early morning ride.
We left around 8:00 am and we had a nice ride to the Rams Horn for
breakfast on Rochester Road and Hamlin.
The weekday breakfast specials are very reasonably priced and you
get more than a fair amount of food.
Based on the weather reports the night before, we were concerned we
might get wet. But the rain
held off both on the way there and on the way home.
This Friday ride I estimate was about 15 or 16 miles round trip and
the temperature was around 32°F when we started, and it was rising.
The official ride was held Sunday February 22, 2004
and attended by Rich, Steve and myself.
It was partly cloudy and the sun only peeked through now and then.
It felt like spring outside, the starting temperature was 34°F and
it was 38°F when we finished, another perfect day for a bike ride.
Rich and I rode over to meet Steve at our normal meeting point,
Brewster. We waited for just
a few minutes when a car pulled into the parking lot and approached us.
At first we thought it might be a bike club fan stopping by to say
hi. It turned out to be Steve still smartly dressed in suit and
tie. Steve was running late,
but he still wanted to attend the ride.
Rich and I rode over to Steve’s house and by the time we got
there he was changed and ready to go.
With Steve still on probation for the incident last
week, I was planning to pay close attention to Steve’s actions to try
and determine if he had a hand (foot) involved in Pete’s mishap.
The three of us decided to head south again this week
since we knew the sidewalks were clear.
We briefly considered taking the trail north, but Steve reported it
was still in rough shape the last time he checked.
We took a combination of side streets and side walks most of the
way. We ended up at the new OPC
(Older Persons' Commission) building on Letica and stopped to check it
out. It wasn’t open so we
only hung around for a few minutes, enough time to take a couple pictures.
We stopped at the trail entrance to Bloomer Park but with the
packed snow starting to melt it made for very difficult riding.
We turned around and skipped Bloomer this week.
We ended up going past the Onyx
ice rink and Rich had never been there so we stopped in for a couple
minutes to look around. We
continued on to Parkdale Road past the big water tower.
We cut back over to John R Road on Avon and went south on John R
until Hamlin. We debated
going further south but Steve had a curling
function to attend later in the day in Sarnia
so we decided to head over to the Pub for lunch. Check out this
site for the basics to curling.
Rich our safety coordinator asked me to report that today’s ride was an outstanding example of bicycling technique and safety. Everyone was using the proper hand signals for turns and following the proper traffic laws. Steve’s performance was exceptional and based on his actions this week his probation has been lifted. We now believe Pete’s mishap was probably self-inflicted, not sure why we didn’t come to this conclusion originally.
Quick report on our promotional items.
One of our better customers recently sent us a very nice note.
You might remember her, I have spoken about her in the past, she is
a member of a shopping club. She
expressed how impressed she was with the quality and variety of items.
The car window decals came out
great, if you haven’t ordered yours yet you might want to soon because
we have word that they may become a fad with the kids at the local high
schools. We were planning to
offer all our items in other languages, but we are having trouble
negotiating currency for these transactions, so these multilingual items
are currently on hold.
At lunch I had the Monte Cristo sandwich and Rich and
Steve had Ruebens. All the
sandwiches were good as usual. I
always try to report the quality of the diet coke where ever we eat and
this week Rich was kind enough to offer an assessment of the regular coke,
he reported it was good. On
our way out of the pub we noticed a club logo sticker on the public phone
in the entranceway. It looked
very good on the phone, but we want to caution our fans, please be
considerate in where you place your stickers.
We don’t want the club to get a bad reputation due to our
promotional material being placed in locations that might offend.
Thank you for your attention on this matter.
I wasn’t kidding about Steve having to get back in
time to head out to his curling event.
Steve is actually a very accomplished curler.
My brother in law Barry has somewhat recently taken up curing as
well. Barry, this is another
reason you need to join the bike club, you will have a fellow member to
share stories about your rocks. We
made good time and headed straight home after lunch.
Rich led the way and we even averaged 10 mph going up hill on
Tienken for a good distance. We
got Steve back in time and over all we had a great ride.
My speedometer starting working again today.
I think it was just too cold for it to work properly the past few
weeks. I checked the
instructions and it said the operating temperature was 0°C to around 55°C.
For those of you metrically challenged when it comes to
temperature, 0°C is 32°F so this could definitely have been my
speedometer problem. Well,
since it was working I can report the following ride statistics, 23.7
total miles, 22.4 mph maximum speed, 11.2 mph average speed and a total
time of 2 hr and 7 minutes of pedaling time.
Don’t worry we have not forgotten about the ride to
Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak. The
city of Auburn Hills never cleared the snow off their sidewalks along
Squirrel Road and this is a good portion of our beginning route for that
trip. We will still have this
ride once all the snow is gone.
Thanks again for checking in on us. Steve did have his camera so at some point we will have pictures to add to this weeks write up.