Due to wireless network trouble and
a recent vacation I have gotten behind again on posting stories of our
activities. Over the next couple weeks I will attempt to catch up and
keep the web site up to date.
This article will cover the bike
ride we did on March 19 and the hike we did on March 20, 2005.
Bike Ride Saturday Mar 19, 2005
Joining me on this ride was Bob and Pete. Bob and I rode over to meet
Pete at his house. Both Bob and I needed to be done around noon. Pete
was almost ready when we got to his house, Bob and I only had to wait a
couple minutes in Peteís driveway. Speaking of Peteís driveway, we both
happened to notice a rather deep rut right next to the new driveway Pete
had poured end of last year. Bob pointed out how there were tire marks
going into and out of the rut. We both agreed this must be rough on the
car tires that seem to be going in and out of this rut. Finally Pete was
ready and we started to head down the drive out toward the street. Pete
was trying to get his feet positioned on his pedals and into the toe
straps he has on the pedals when he took his eyes off the driveway for
just a couple seconds while looking down at his pedals. He coasted right
into the rut next to the driveway and proceeded to lose control. He had
to jump off his bike to avoid falling to the ground. His bike did fall
flat to the ground as Pete managed to scramble down the slight incline
leading away from the drive and stay on his feet. Quite ironic that Bob
and I had just been discussing this rut moments before it got the better
of Pete. We were all laughing about Pete not even being able to make it
out of his own driveway before having an accident with himself.
We decided to go to the Greek Island
for the breakfast special. When we arrived to the Greek Island we
initially didnít realize that Peteís wife and daughter were already
sitting at a booth having breakfast. If I am not mistaken I think they
might have been a little embarrassed when we came into the restaurant
particularly at Pete wearing his Genius Dew Rag. I walked over to the
booth where Elaine and Megan were seated to invite them to join us and
take their picture with my phone camera. They were both shy and tried to
avoid a picture. After they finished their meals they did stop by our
table to say hello. Sense I like to record what people order I asked
Elaine what they had for breakfast. Elaine was kind enough to use my
phone to leave a voice memo to help jog my memory. I have to admit that
Elaine asked if I was going to post her voice on the web site and I
responded, ďNo.Ē At the time I had no idea how to put her voice onto the
web site so I had no intention of doing it, until Pete encouraged me and
actually told me how it could be done. So, I am not totally at fault I
did have some help.
After our breakfast we rode around a
bit more before heading home. See below for the couple of pictures I took
with my phone camera on this day.
Following are the statistics from
this ride; 15.8 total miles, 21.0 max speed, 9.8 average mph and 1 hour
and 35 minutes total time moving on bikes.
Hike Sunday March 20, 2005
On this Sunday, Bob, Pete and Tom joined me for a hike on PCT (Paint
Creek Trail). Tom drove and we picked up Bob and Pete and parked in the
small lot off Dutton near the trail. It was another sunny day, perfect
for a hike. The trail was still partially snow covered and I little icy,
but not too bad.
We walked south toward Rochester.
We ended up going to the Penn Station for lunch. I was finally able to
use my frequent visitor punch card to get a free meal. This is a
promotion that they no longer run, but they were at least good enough to
honor my card. Pete brought a coupon, buy one get one free. I think he
flipped a coin to see if Bob or Tom was going to be the lucky winner and
share in Peteís coupon. Tom won the coin flip, but Iím still not sure if
he won because his meal ended up costing more than Bobís.
I did take a few pictures during this hike, check out this
link for the
After our lunch we walked back down
the trail to where we started. Pretty soon we will be able to start
riding our bikes on the trail again.