Sunday August 28, 2005 Pete and I
did an early morning breakfast ride.
We started early, meeting at Pete’s
house at 7:30 am. Our plan for this day was to ride for a while before
stopping for breakfast. We thought about taking the PCT down to Rochester
and then cutting over to the Macomb Orchard trail and taking it to Romeo
and back. This would be a good ride and we should develop a decent
appetite for the breakfast special at the Greek Island.
Before we got too far we changed our
plans and headed due east on Tienken. We decided to ride over to Stoney
Creek Park and ride around the 6 mile loop on the path at Stoney. As
typical the traffic was very light early on a weekend day, so the ride
over to Stoney was nice and easy. We didn’t spend much time in the street
and for the short time where we ran out of bike path there wasn’t enough
traffic in the road to be concerned. We took the side entrance into the
park that goes between neighbor hoods. I like this route because you have
to go over a few small wooden blank bridges and it seems like you are out
in the middle of no where.
When we got to the park it was nice
to see a lot of people out an about. There were many others riding
bikes. We saw quite a few walkers, joggers and people on roller blades.
The path around Stoney is about seven feet wide so each direction has
plenty of room. The path is smooth black top in good shape, so it is a
nice ride around the park. This ride is also a good workout because a
good portion is rolling hills up and down. I wouldn’t classify any of the
hills as major, but they have just enough incline to make you work hard to
maintain a decent pace.
After Pete and I finished the loop
we left the park and we went down Shelby road looking for the Macomb
Orchard Trail. This trail is located relatively close to the park and in
just a few minutes we were on the trail heading toward downtown
Rochester. We cut over to the Greek Island, we were ready for breakfast
having already completed a fair amount of riding.
When we pulled up to the restaurant
to place our bikes along the wooden slatted rail right in front we saw Ray
and Cheryl just pulling out in their cool Corvette. We waved to Ray and
he pulled up and shouted over the loud exhaust, “Where’s Bob”. We told
him he didn’t join us today, another quick wave goodbye and they were
off. Pete and I headed inside and had our usual breakfast special.
The ride home was along our regular
route with nothing too interesting of note. The weather this day was very
nice, another perfect day for a bike ride. Following are the statistics
from this ride, 28.1 miles, 11.8 average speed, 25.5 maximum speed and 2
hours and 22 minutes time on bikes.