the club did two rides, one on Friday September 3 and a second on Sunday
September 5, 2004. This article is about the Sunday ride. The weather
was great on both days. It has been a fairly cool summer this year and
finally this weekend it felt like summer. The temperature was in the mid
80’s by midday and the humidity was high all weekend. I am certainly not
complaining, the bike club has truly appreciated the cool summer.
Pete and I
rode on Sunday. Originally we were going to start the ride at 1:00 pm, a
little later than normal so that Steve would be able to join us. Pete
called and told me Steve was too busy and dropped out at the last minute,
so we ended up starting this ride around 10:45 am. The plan for this ride
was to go back out to the old Rochester Golf Course to gather up some more
putting green for Pete’s backyard project. We found out Bob has a manual
sod-cutting tool that he offered to lend Pete. Before meeting Pete at his
house I rode over to Bob’s and picked up the sod cutter. It is a long
handled tool with a flat semi circle shaped blade on the end. The shaft
connecting the blade is bent to aid pushing the blade under the sod. When
I got to Pete’s house he took a look at the sod cutter and wondered if it
was worth carrying on his bike all the way out to the golf course. We
ended up strapping the sod cutter to Pete’s bike. Even though this was
better than carrying it while riding, it was still a little inconvenient,
it got in the way of Pete’s right leg while pedaling.
We took PCT
south toward Rochester and got off at the intersection of the river where
you can go under Rochester Road. After getting off the trail we rode past
the Rochester Bike Shop to see if they might be open on Sunday. Pete lost
a plastic plug that goes in the top of one of the front fork shocks on his
bike. He was hoping to get a replacement. For future reference the bike
store is not open on Sunday.
We decided to
get our work done on the golf course before stopping for something to
eat. After arriving at the golf course we noticed the subdivision
construction is quickly approaching the green where Pete has been removing
sod. We quickly got to work. I pulled the plastic sled from its hiding
place and Pete started using Bob’s sod cutter. It turns out the sod
cutter made the job easier and Pete was thankful he decided to make the
extra effort to bring it along. Pete cut sections of sod and then I would
drag them on the sled to the pick up area. Pete ended up cutting up three
nice strips of sod. Pete also brought his digital camera and I took quite
a few pictures while on the golf course. Once we finished cutting putting
green sod for this day, we put the sled back in the hiding spot and
strapped the sod cutter back onto Pete’s bike.
another Entertainment coupon for Penn Station, so we decided to go there
for lunch. Pete ordered an Italian sub and I had the monthly special of
Philly steak and cheese, without the onions of course. As usual the subs
hit the spot and we had our fair share of pop from the self-serve drink
dispenser. I almost forgot to mention that Pete gave his name as “Gipper”
when ordering his sub. The young lady at the checkout wrote down “Kipper”
and Pete corrected her and made her fix it on the ticket. So, when our
subs were ready the girl delivering them to our table was calling out
“Gipper” as she walked through the eating area.
Pete to stop by Damons Hardware to pick up some pool supplies, so this was
our next destination on the way home. After lunch we got back on our
bikes and we rode over to Damons on Livernois just south of Walton. Pete
went into the hardware store while I waited outside with our bikes. As I
was sitting outside day dreaming a tall lanky fellow dressed in a shirt
and tie walked toward me. It turned out to be Steve. He had just
finished purchasing a few sheets of sandpaper from Damons for the home
improvement project he is working on that prevented him from joining us on
the bike ride. I told Steve that Pete had just walked into the store and
I was surprised that they hadn’t past each other. Steve went back into
the store and found Pete at the checkout. I tried to take a couple
pictures of the two of them through the storefront glass with Pete’s
camera, not sure how they turned out. Pete unhooked the sod cutter from
his bike and gave it to Steve to transport home in his car.
Pete and I
rode home from Damons. It was warm and humid and I stopped by Pete’s
house for a quick refreshing dip in his swimming pool before I did the
final two-mile ride back to my house.
Following are the statistics from this ride. Total miles 23.8, max
speed 28.0 mph, average speed of 10.1 mph with a total time moving on
bikes of 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Pete finally forwarded the
pictures from this day, check out this
link to the pictures.
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