Sunday October 2, 2005 Pete and I
did an early morning bicycle ride. Lately it has been difficult to get in
our bike rides. I think the fall time of year has turned out to be the
busiest and most difficult time for me to do long bike rides on the
weekends. With both Jonathan and Max playing soccer as well as Jonathan
reffing soccer and Diane now working it is just hard to get a large block
of time for a nice long ride.
I have been using my remaining
vacation days to take off Fridays from work and Bob and I have been doing
some jogging on these Fridays which I also enjoy. Last Friday Bob and I
walked from his house until we got a little ways on Charlwood where we
started to run. We have slowed down the pace of our jogging just a
little, which helps us go further before we get tired. We went all the
way to the intersection of Avon Road and Rochester Road, we also zig
zagged through a few side streets on the way. Bob used the
site to map out our route and reports that we went 6.0 miles, which is
pretty good for me. We walked over to Penn Station for lunch and still
had to walk all the way home, so in total we did 12 miles, half jogging
and half walking.
For the Sunday bike ride the plan
was to meet Pete out at his house and take the trail north to Lake Orion.
When I got to Peteís he had changed his mind and wanted to head toward
Rochester and stop off at either Staples or Office Max to do some quick
shopping. It was fairly early, around 8:00 am when we started. Since we
were going south we agreed to stop at our favorite breakfast place, Greek
Island. Pete got the breakfast special and I got french toast, we each
had diet coke to drink.
It was a little cool at first, but
by the time we finished breakfast it was already starting to warm up. Our
first stop was Office Max which was closed when se got there so we
continued on to Staples which was also closed, so we just road around for
a bit before heading back to Office Max which was open this time. We
locked the bikes and both went inside. Pete quickly found out they didnít
have what he was looking for and I was just killing time looking around.
After a quick visit we were back on our bikes for some more riding.
Before getting back on my bike this time I took off the pull over wind
shirt I was wearing. It had warmed up to the point where I didnít need
this extra layer. I put my wind shirt inside my burrito basket and stowed
away Peteís jacket using the elastic draw strings on the top of my burrito
basket. Pete definitely needs his own burrito basket. Attention to all
of Peteís family members here is a good idea for a Christmas present for
Pete, a burrito basket for the back of his bike. They might not know what
you are talking about in the bike store if you call it a burrito basket,
but if you ask for a storage pack to mount over the rear tire they will
understand. In addition to the basket he will also need a rack to mount
it to, so this is a second good idea for another present.
We deviated slightly from our
regular route home just for a change of scenery. The day was turning out
to be very nice. The sun was out and it warmed up to a pleasant
temperature, another perfect day for a bike ride. Iím hoping as we
proceed further into the fall it will be easier for me and all the other
club members to get out on the bike rides. Pete is talking about possibly
doing another century ride one more time before the end of the year. He
mentioned the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as a possible date. If anyone
is interested in joining us for a 100 mile bike ride feel free to contact
Following are the statistics for this most
recent ride, 20.6 total miles, 21.5 maximum speed, 11.0 average speed and
1 hour and 51 minutes time on bikes.