Sunday August 21, 2005 Pete and I
did a mid-morning bike ride. Since the last few rides have headed south
we decided to go north this day. I met Pete over at his house around 9:30
am and we took the PCT north to Lake Orion. We thought about starting
earlier, but the restaurants in the Lake Orion area donít open until 11:30
or 12:00 on Sundays.
The weather this day was much better
than the day before when we got totally drenched in a midsummer rain
storm. I would classify this dayís weather as perfect, maybe a little on
the humid side, but no rain and nice temperature.
The trail was in good shape, firm
and already dried out from the rain the day before. We road around Lake
Orion for a few minutes before settling on Burger King for lunch. Even
though we delayed our start time we were still too early for most the
restaurants. Burger King was open and we figured it was better than
nothing. I had a grilled chicken sandwich and I think Pete ordered some
kind of a whopper. After a quick lunch we were back on our bikes heading
Instead of taking the trail back we
decided to ride south along the shoulder of Lapeer road for quite a ways.
We ended up cutting over to Dutton Road for the final ride to my neighbor
hood. Dutton is at a high point at its most westerly starting spot. This
is not the Dutton hill I have written about many times. What we call
Dutton hill is the dirt road area located just east of Peteís
subdivision. The area of Dutton I am talking about now is paved and it
starts just west of Squirrel. I will call this the Dutton incline so as
not to confuse it with the Dutton hill.
Once we were heading down the Dutton
incline we just started coasting, no need to pedal we were quickly gaining
speed without pedaling at all. We both crouched down low to make
ourselves more streamlined to reduce wind drag. We were really picking up
speed. Pete was out front and he was just barely pulling away from me,
must have been due to his natural higher potential energy at the top of
the incline paying off. We zipped right passed Squirrel Road without
slowing down. Squirrel Road has a stop sign and Dutton doesnít, so
legally we had the right away, but I never like going through an
intersection too fast because I just donít trust people behind the wheel.
Luckily no one was on Squirrel so we were not in any danger. We ended up
setting new club records for speed. Pete got up to an even 40.0 mph and I
got up to 38.5 mph. Both of these speeds surpassed the former club speed
records, and this was just coasting, without pedaling. Pete and I are
planning to go back and see how fast we can go if we actually pedal going
down this incline. We think we should be able to reach 50 mph. Before we
do this next record attempt we plan to put a spotter at the Squirrel road
intersection to warn us if any cars are coming.
Again, this turned out to be a great
ride, we got home just a little after noon. Following are the statistics
from this ride, 19.9 miles, 10.9 average speed and 1 hour and 48 minutes
time on bikes.