On Saturday August 20, 2005 I did
two rides. The first ride was an early morning ride with Bob and Pete and
then a second one in the afternoon with Bob and his son Mark.
For the morning the plan was to meet
at Brewster at 7:30 am and ride somewhere to get breakfast. Bob and I
were on our way over to meet Pete at Brewster when we ran into him close
to our neighborhood. Pete must have gotten up and out early.
The temperature was very nice when
we started, a little cooler than what have been experiencing the past
couple weeks. Pete needed to get back from this ride relatively early
because his daughter Megan was in a soccer tournament this weekend. We
talked about riding to Troy to find a place for breakfast. Time was going
to be a problem if we went all the way to Troy. We ended up stopping at a
Coney Island off Crooks tucked behind a fast food restaurant. I wasnít
even aware that this place existed. It was a little more expensive than
the Greek Island, but the food was very good.
While we were eating our breakfast a
few Oakland County sheriffs came in and sat a back table. Pete was
clowning around when we were ordering our food. Pete ordered some sort of
meal that included eggs and when the waitress asked Pete how he wanted his
eggs he said Arizona style. She looked at him funny and finally asked
what Arizona style meant. I canít remember what he told her, I was to
busy laughing to myself.
As we sat at the table we noticed it
started raining outside. It was a little cloudy out, but we werenít
expecting rain. It wasnít raining hard, but it was a fairly steady
drizzle. We just finished eating and we decided to have another half a
glass of Diet Coke while we waited to see if the rain might slow down
before starting our ride back home. Over the past many weeks and months
we have had outstanding weather on the weekends for our bike rides. Today
was one of those days where we were just going to get wet. By the time we
finished our Diet Cokes it was raining even harder. Since we didnít have
any option we put on our helmets and mounted our bikes and started heading
north back toward home. It wasnít pouring, but it was a fairly steady
constant rain for the entire ride home. Bob had brought a light weight
jacket and wore it on the return trip. I had stuffed the rain poncho I
used on the century back into itís small plastic container that looks like
a car tire that I got from Pete. I wore the poncho to keep some of the
rain off my upper body. Pete didnít have anything but the shirt on his
back, so I think he ended up getting the wettest. By the time I got home
the front portion of my clothing was completely soaked. Even though it
was raining it wasnít real cold so the ride home really wasnít too bad.
Later in the day Bob called me to
ask if I wanted to ride somewhere to get an ice cream cone. Mark and
Jonathan were over at Bobís house and planning to go with us. It hadnít
rained for a few hours so we thought we would be safe making a short
ride. Jonathan backed out at the last minute, but Mark still attended.
We decided to go to the TCBY in the
shopping center on the south west corner of Tienken and Rochester Road.
This is a relatively short ride, but it does have a few hills, especially
on the return trip heading back west. It wasnít real busy, there were
only a couple people in line ahead of us. Bob and I each ordered a soft
serve frozen yogurt in waffle cone and Mark got a large cup with vanilla
soft serve with Oreo crumbs mixed in.
As we sat at a table inside TCBY
eating our ice cream it starting raining outside. I guess this was just
our day to get rained on while riding. We finished our treats and this
time we did not wait for the rain to let up. We just got on our bikes and
started riding home. Again, the rain wasnít real hard and this time it
slowed down and actually stopped about half way home. We just did a
reverse of our route there on the way home, straight across Tienken on the
bike path on the south side of the street.
This afternoon ride ended up being
9.8 miles and I didnít reset my speedometer so the following statistics
are a combination from both the morning and afternoon rides this day.
Following are the statistics from these two rides, 23.5 miles, 10.3
average speed and 2 hours and 16 minutes time on bikes.