On Saturday July 31, 2004 our
scheduled ride was another early breakfast ride. This week I rode
with both Pete and Bob. It was raining lightly when I got up and I
was considering canceling the ride for this day. I called Bob and he
said the weather radar showed the rain clearing out of our area. So,
we decided to give it a go. We figured we would at least head over
to the Greek Island for the breakfast special and if the weather wasn't
getting better we would just head back home. Luckily the weather was
getting better by the minute. Once we got to the Greek Island Bob
suggested we keep riding a while longer before stopping to eat. Even
though Pete was hungry and initially wanted to stop to eat right away he
consented and we kept riding.
Earlier this week I finally broke
down and bought another new bike. This time I bought a much better
quality bike than the cheap bike I got back in November of 2003. The
crank set bearings were getting worse and worse each ride on my previous
bike and I was afraid it was just a matter of time before they either
froze up or fatigued causing me to be stranded. Based on the
durability and performance of the Trek hybrid bike that Pete got last
Christmas I decided to get a similar bicycle. I got a 2005
which is very similar to Pete's 2004 Trek 7300. I bought it at the
local bicycle shop in down town Rochester, the
Rochester Bike Shop. In the
short time I have used this new Trek I have been very impressed. I
transferred all the extras I had on the previous bike to this one, so in
some ways it still has some common feel. The big difference is the
feel of structural soundness and the larger 700 series tires which are a
little larger in diameter than the traditional 26" tires of most men's
bikes. The larger tires give an advantage on firm surfaces.
Hopefully I will get many years of usage out of this bike as opposed to
only nine months from my previous bike. I think I proved once again
that you get what you pay for.
Bob needed a latch so we stopped at
Damon's Hardware store which was open early this Saturday. After Bob
got his latch we decided to head over by the new fancy
Royal Park Hotel
that is currently under
construction on the east side. This hotel is apparently going to
be a high end expensive place. It is a very nice looking building,
with a lot of brick, it has the appearance of an expensive place. We
kept going toward Bloomer Park and rode on the trails for a few minutes.
I hadn't been to Bloomer for quite a few weeks, it felt good to be back in
Bloomer Park. The trails we a bit soft and in some areas we came
across free standing puddles that we rode around. Bob took the
lead through Bloomer and he led us on a nice route. We had a down
hill and a little up hill which made for a good workout. After
Bloomer we all agreed it was time to get a bite to eat. We headed
back to where we started the Greek Island for their breakfast special.
After breakfast we headed home.
We followed a side street route that we typically take from this area.
Pete rode through a few circle driveways as only he does. Pete
forgot to wear his helmet this day so his dew rag was fully exposed
looking better than it normally does when it is covered by the helmet.
This turned out to be a nice ride, especially considering we were
considering canceling due to an early morning rain shower. The
weather turned out very nice the sun was out by midmorning.
Thanks for checking in.