I hate to report bad news, but this past week we lost one of our favorite eating establishments. The Sagebrush Cantina along with a few other businesses in the same block of Lake Orion burned to the ground. Check out this link for an article on the Sagebrush. Hopefully the owner will rebuild and we will be able to continue the tradition of great Mexican lunches in the near future. The club has had discussion recently about donating a portion of the proceeds from promotional sales to the rebuild the Sagebrush fund. So, if you want to help out you might want to consider ordering more items.
Multiple weekend rides is starting to become the norm
as opposed to the infrequent exception.
Like the past couple weekends Bob and I went on a late Friday
afternoon ride. Even though
the wind outside was extremely strong out of the northwest, gusts up to 50
mph, we still did a 17.2 mile ride. We
took a somewhat regular route south and east and we ended up at Bloomer
Park. The lower trails were still very muddy and wet so we decided
to stick to the high ground. When
we came to the wooden steps we decided to try and carry our bikes to the
top. I didn’t count but
there must be at least 100 steps. I
thought it was going to be more difficult than it turned out to be.
I think having my new bike being partially aluminum helped out.
It was good exercise carrying our bikes up these steps and I
wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. The ride home was very interesting, with the strong wind.
At one point when we were riding straight into the cross wind a
gust actually picked my bike and me off the ground and moved me over about
10 inches to the side. This
was a really weird feeling that I had never experienced before.
I believe it was much more dangerous riding in the high wind than
traveling over the snow during the winter.
At some points while riding against the wind while going down hill
we almost came to a stop it was blowing so hard.
It was a real workout getting home.
Even though we only went 17 miles it was without a doubt the most
difficult ride I have done to date. The
one good thing about this Friday ride was the temperature was warm, 66°F,
it doesn’t get any better than that.
Our scheduled club ride again this week was held on
Sunday March 7, 2004 and was attended by the full group of core members; Bob,
Pete, Rich, Steve
and myself. We
decided next week’s ride would be on Saturday March 13, 2004. Unlike last week when we took it a little bit easier than
normal, this week’s ride was not for beginners.
The wind was still blowing, not like Friday, but still hard enough
to make it a little more difficult that normal.
When we first started the sun was out in brilliance making it feel
warm. I think it was in the
low 40’s °F when we started. The
sun only lasted for the first half hour and as the clouds rolled in the
temperature dropped. It was
around 35°F when we finished around 2:00 pm.
We took side streets to the Hamlin Pub and arrived
around 11:15 am. The pub
wasn’t open yet so we decided to keep riding until noon when the Pub
Bob brought with him a sheet of bubble
wrap. He had it stowed in
his burrito basket and it was approximately 18 inches wide by 6 feet long. I can’t remember what street we were on, but Bob stopped
and laid the sheet of bubble wrap on the sidewalk.
There was a large apartment complex just to the right of the
sidewalk. Pete was selected
as the first person to ride over the bubble wrap.
Pete thought it was an honor that he was selected to be the first
to go over, but actually since we had never done this before we were
actually concerned the bike tire might slip on the bubble wrap causing the
bike to be thrown sideways resulting in a potentially serious crash.
This was the real reason Pete went first, he has the most
experience crashing and none of us wanted to be the guinea pig.
Pete backed up a ways before he headed toward the wrap.
He got going pretty good and pedaled right over that bubble wrap. It sounded like a machine gun.
I was next and I rode over the wrap even a bit faster than Pete,
and again it sounded like more gunfire.
The rest of the group quickly rode over the wrap and we decided we
had better get out of there before the police showed up.
We were sure someone in the apartment complex would report the
repeated gunfire outside.
We headed east and ended up at Borden
Park and we rode back to check out the new soccer fields.
There is a lot of parking back by these new fields, it will be very
nice when they open this portion. We
took a dirt trail at the end of the new fields that dumped us out into a
subdivision. This little sub
was built around a small lake. After
leaving the sub we headed back north again to a 7-Eleven
in a gas station in Shelby Township at Dequindre and Hamlin, Pete wanted a
After a short rest at the 7-Eleven we started back to Hamlin Pub.
A light rain was starting to fall as we traveled back to the Pub.
Rich had a function at home so he couldn’t join us this week for
lunch and headed for home while the rest of us stopped for refueling.
As usual the lunches and pops were very good.
I order my usual Monte Cristo and Steve order a Fat Jim sandwich.
Steve and I decided to split our sandwiches, so I had half of his
Fat Jim and Steve had half of my Monte Cristo.
I have to admit the Fat Jim was very good.
Pete remembered to bring his student ID and got a 10% discount for
his meal only, not that it saved him any money it just got our waitress a
little better tip. Pete was a
sad sight at lunch. He got
the waitress to bring him a small bag of ice to put on his right knee as
we sat at the table. I think
the multiple nights of playing hockey each week are starting to get the
better of his knee, it isn’t the bike riding.
After we finished lunch we were happy to see that the
rain had stopped. We had a
nice hard ride home. Between
the hills and the wind we had to work hard to get home.
We did set a new speed record on the way home.
Heading north on Livernios there is a nice downhill area between
Walton and Tienken. While on
the sidewalk we took advantage of the downhill and we set a new maximum
speed of 30.2 mph. Following
are the rest of the ride statistics, 22.86 total miles, 10.6 mph average
speed and a total time on bike of 2 hr 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
Now that we have exceeded the 30 mph barrier we now have a new
Thanks again for checking in on us. Steve did bring his camera so I will be posting pictures shortly, check back later for the pictures.