Bike Ride Sunday April 17, 2005
Sunday April 17, 2005 was a perfect day, temperature around 70 by mid
afternoon. It was a bit cloudy without threat of rain and the sun did
peak through a couple times. Without a doubt this was a perfect day for a
bike ride. This week there were four of us that rode. Joining me were
Bob, Pete and Steve.
I picked up Bob at his house at
around 10:50 am and we rode over to Peteís house just a little after
11:00am. Next we rode over and picked up Steve at his house. Our plan
this ride was to head north on Paint Creek Trail (PCT) and have lunch
somewhere in Lake Orion. Normally this time of year the trail is
questionable for riding. This spring is starting out very dry and the
trail is actually dusty it is so dry, very unusual for this time of year.
Going down Dutton Road toward the
trail was a bumpy ride. Needless to say Dutton, being a dirt road along
this stretch, it was very dry as well. The road hasnít been graded in a
while and the surface has a severe wash board texture. It was hard to
find a smooth path on Dutton. Once we got on the trail Bob took off
setting a good pace. I had to pedal hard to catch up to him. Steve and
Pete were close behind. Watching my speedometer I am sure we averaged
over 13 mph on the way to Lake Orion which is a good pace considering the
majority of the route is slightly up hill. There were a fair amount of
people out walking, jogging and biking the trail this day, but not over
crowed by any means. There must have been a horse rider or two out before
us, even though we didnít actually see the horses we saw a lot of evidence
that they had been there earlier.
On the way to Lake Orion we decided
to eat at the Poppy Seed and Pete called his friend Rick to see if he
wanted to meet us for lunch. Rick lives in the Lake Orion area. Pete and
Steve hadnít eaten at the Poppy Seed before, but I think after lunch they
both agreed with me and Bob that this a good place for a sandwich. We had
fun sitting on the leather couches while we ate our lunch. Rick did show
up just shortly after we started eating and we visited with him for a
I noticed Steve had a new little
pouch for holding his camera that was hooked to his belt. I commented to
Steve that it looked like he had a nice new camera case. Steve told me it
was a holster type case. He then proceeded to tell me how the holster
originated from the Cowboy and that everyone still has a part of a Cowboy
inside. He also told me that Cowboys have been around forever. When I
asked him what he meant by forever he told me that scientists have just
recently found evidence of Cowboys existence during prehistoric times.
According to Steve apparently archaeologists have found large iron belt
buckles dating back into prehistoric times. Apparently these prehistoric
Cowboys were even ahead of the Iron Age and we also are told that
dinosaurs were often depicted on the face of these large prehistoric belt
We were also laughing at stories
Pete and Steve were telling about some jokes they recently played on
someone Pete knows from work. Apparently this guy recently moved into a
new house and Pete and Jason helped him move. Steve dressed up and played
the part of the worst new neighbor you could image. Steve just showed up
carrying a paper plate of seven Girl Scout cookies and introduced himself
as a neighbor. He invited himself in and proceeded to insult everyone
especially the homeowner while he got in the way helping unload the
truck. Even though I wasnít there I know Steve well enough I can picture
the event as if I saw it first hand.
Steve did take a few pictures and
when he forwards them to me I will post them to share.
I had a turkey and cheese sandwich
on focaccia bread, Bob had the Monster on white bread, Pete had a Dagwood
on wheat bread and Steve had an Italian sub with roasted peppers. All the
sandwiches were very good, but we were disappointed that the carbonation
on the pop dispenser was not working properly so all the pop tasted a bit
flat. Hopefully they will have their pop machine fixed soon, this is the
type of thing that can destroy a place.
After lunch we rode with Rick to his
subdivision before getting back on the trail. Rick rode his bike the
short distance from his house to meet us at the Poppy Seed. Rick must
have a nice bike because he has the fancy bike shoes with clips that hook
onto the pedals. Apparently Rick is still getting used to the bike shoe
clips because he told us he took a fall on his short ride over when he
couldnít get his feet unhooked from the pedals properly. Too bad Steve
wasnít around, we never like to see anyone fall, but if it has to happen
it is nice to get a picture for memory sake.
Once we got on the trail for the
ride home Pete was out front and like Bob on the way, Pete started out at
a fast pace. I was the last one to get on the trail and when I finally
caught up to Bob I asked him where Pete was. He told me that Pete was way
ahead. He was so far out front I could barely tell it was Pete. I enjoy
a good pace while riding so I set out to see if I could catch Pete. It
was hard work and for a couple stretches I was averaging 20 mph, but I
finally did catch him. We slowed the pace down a little and then after a
few more minutes Pete wanted to stop and rest for a minute. We pulled off
to the left side and I was surprised when Bob pulled in right behind me.
I didnít even realize that Bob was that close behind. Just a minute or so
later Steve pulled up and we were all together again. I estimate for the
two or three mile stretch we averaged around 16 to 17 mph.
After our rest Bob was the first one
riding again and he got out in front. Pete Steve and I started out
together and we rode together for the rest of the trail until we got to
Dutton. When we headed west on Dutton we could see Bob was already near
the top of the hill. I thought I would try riding up the hill as well,
but there was so much car traffic I had to keep moving over to the right
into the bumps and it was too difficult trying to ride up the hill in the
bumps so I got off and walked the rest of the way up the hill. Bob not
only rode up the hill he kept on going on Dutton right up the second hill
which I donít think anyone in our club has ever done. Now we have a new
accomplishment that we can strive to complete.
I rode with Steve and Pete through
the neighbor hood and continued on with Pete after Steve pulled off at his
house. Shortly after Pete turned off on his street and I headed back to
Dutton to head home. Bob called and he told me he was at Brewster so I
met him there for the rest of the ride to our neighbor hood. The ride
today was a real good workout, I really enjoyed this ride.
Following are the statistics from this ride; 23.4 total
miles, 21.5 max speed, 11.3 average mph and 2 hours and 3 minutes total
time moving on bikes.