Sunday December 12, 2004 I had the pleasure of doing an early morning
breakfast ride with Pete and Rich. Yes, I did say Rich. Rich
has been very busy over the past few months and this was the first ride
Rich has done with the club in quite a while, welcome back Rich.
and I both needed to be back by 10:30 am so we planned to start out early.
We intended to ride to the Greek Island for breakfast and ride a bit more
after we ate. We figured if we started out around 7:45 am it would
give us plenty of time to get in a nice ride and still be home by 10:30
for our other commitments. Pete and I planned to meet at Brewster at
7:45 am. I was leaving my house when Pete called to say he was
running a few minutes late. I just kept going past Brewster planning
to meet him somewhere between his house and the original scheduled meeting
location. I was almost to Peteís house when I saw him heading toward
me when I received a call from Rich. I was glad to hear that Rich
wanted to join us. I told Rich and that Pete and I would just head
back to Brewster and meet him there.
havenít mentioned the weather yet. It was snowing when I opened the
garage door. There was maybe an inch on the ground when I started
out, and it was coming down at a steady pace. The temperature was
right around 30įF so it was sort of a wet snow. The flakes were the
small fine type that tend to pile up quickly. I knew it was going to
be a fun ride going through the snow. Diane was heading out for her
first day of her new job and we were both in the garage when I opened the
door. She took one look out side and said are you still going to
ride in this snow. I replied yes, arenít I lucky. She just
shook her head and mumbled something about me being a geek. If
enjoying bike rides no matter what the weather is the definition of a
geek, then I guess I qualify. There was something special about
riding in the snow last year that I am actually looking forward to doing
it again this winter. In addition to using my thin hood/hat I also
broke out my visor cogs. Having experienced riding in the cold and
snow last year I think I have a pretty good handle on how to dress and
what to wear to be comfortable.
and I met Rich at Brewster and the three of us took off headed for the
Greek Island. This is the first experience for me riding my Trek in
the snow. This bike has thinner tires than what I had before and
they have a tendency to slide a bit easier. After just a few minutes
I was getting the hang of how fast I could go around corners and how to
compensate while sliding. Again, once you get used to riding in the
snow it really isnít that difficult.
way to the restaurant Pete made the proclamation that he was going to
establish a new record for all us bike club members to shoot for in the
future. Pete knew a downhill was coming up on one of the side
streets and he announced he was going to go for a speed record in snow.
I canít remember all the qualifying elements Pete attached to this record,
but I will attempt to list the ones I can remember. 1.) at least 2
inches of snow on the ground in a natural state. 2.) With glasses or
goggles fully fogged or snow covered greatly inhibiting vision. 3.)
With snow currently falling. Before Pete took off he understood the
danger involved in what he was about to attempt. He yelled something
else back to Rich and I related to, ďIf I donít make it ÖĒ I
couldnít make out exactly what he said, but I think it was something along
the lines of, ďIf I donít make it, Dave you can take your pick of any of
my pinball machinesĒ. I thought that was an awful nice gesture for
Pete to be thinking about giving me his pinball collection if he somehow
didnít make it through this foolish speed ride on the snow covered
streets. Well, I am on one hand happy to report that Pete did not
fall and he made his attempt without incident. He ended up going
23.7 mph, which might not sound real fast, but let me tell you under those
conditions it is actually quite impressive. Even though on this day
I held back and did not ride with Pete at these speeds I do plan to
destroy this record in the near future.
after Peteís speed ride we arrived at the Greek Island and the three of us
all had the breakfast special, with two diet cokes and one regular.
We had a good time at breakfast, it was good to catch up with Rich.
Rich has recently completed a rather extensive safety course in
preparation for some day becoming one of those ski patrol safety guys.
Pete noticed the sign on the wall for the breakfast special stated
Saturday through Sunday. This really bothered Pete, he asked the
waitress if we could have the breakfast special today, she told us yes.
Then Pete asked her what day you couldnít have the special. She
looked confused and Pete tried to explain to her that Saturday through
Sunday was actually everyday and why didnít the sign just say everyday.
I could see this conversation was going no where so I finally just started
ordering my meal to change the subject. When we arrived there was
only one other customer in the restaurant, so we got our meals very
quickly. The food was good and after relaxing for a while it
was time to leave.
Originally we planned to ride further before heading home, but with the
snow still coming down and about two and a half inches on the ground we
decided to head straight home. Riding in the snow is always a bit
more of a workout than normal. I took a few pictures with my camera
phone and I will post them at the bottom of this page. On the way
home we were riding past Adams high school and there were a few large
orange cones in the parking lot. Rich had the idea of weaving in and
out of the cones as we rode through the lot, kind of like an obstacle
course. It was fun trying to maneuver our bikes around the cones
while at the same time not falling due to our tires sliding in the snow
while making tight turns. We all did quite well with the cones, but
Rich had the misfortune of running into a curb that was hidden due to the
snow. Rich took a tumble, but he got right back up without any major
stopped by my house before heading home to pick up a pinball thumper
bumper top that I had restored the painted graphic. Pete and I had
recently worked on a pinball machine that he is getting ready to move out
from his house. The day before Pete and I went to a game room
auction held in Lapeer this time every year. We didnít end up buying
anything, but they had a really cool moose head that I was dying to bid
on. We didnít stick around long enough to get a chance to bid on the
moose head. Pete did take a picture of me and the moose head and it
is posted below as well.
Following are the statistics from this ride; 10.3 total miles, 18.2 max
mph (Peteís new snow max speed 23.7 mph), 8.2 average mph and 1 hour 15
minutes total time moving on bikes.