This past weekend we did two rides,
both of them rather short. The first one was on Saturday October 8 and
the second one on Sunday October 9, 2005. Even though these were short
rides I was glad to get out each day and pedal around for a few miles. I
split up the two stories below by day.
Saturday October 8, 2005
Saturday Pete, Steve and I rode together. Diane and I went out to
dinner with Pete and Elaine Friday night and then we went back to their
house to play cards. When we play cards it is always the boys against the
girls. While Pete and I were resoundingly winning at cards we decided to
ride around 10:30 am the next morning. My son Max had a soccer game at
9:00 am and I figured I could be home ready to ride around 10:30 am. The
plan was Pete would contact Steve to see if he wanted to ride and then
they would ride over and meet me at my house around 10:30.
I got home from the soccer game just
a few minutes after 10:30 am. Pete wasnít there yet, so I figured he was
running a couple minutes late which is no big deal, it gave me a little
more time to get myself ready. At 10:45 I was ready to go and started to
wonder about Pete. There was no hurry so I just waited a few more minutes
out in my driveway before I finally called Peteís cell phone just a couple
minutes before 11:00 am. No answer on Peteís cell. I thought about just
starting out to meet Pete on his way to my house, but I wasnít sure which
way he would take. I was also starting to wonder if he had forgotten all
together, which is not like Pete. I was just getting ready to go inside
and try calling Pete again on his house phone when my cell phone started
ringing. It was Pete calling back. He had gotten up too early and gone
back to bed to rest for a couple minutes and he fell back asleep. He was
just now waking back up and obviously not ready to go. We agreed to
change our plans and I would ride over to Peteís giving him time to get
It only takes me about 12 minutes to
ride to Peteís house and this was enough time for him to get ready because
by the time I got there he was out in the garage pulling out his bike.
It was one of the coolest mornings
we have had this fall. The temperature was right around 50, maybe even
slightly under, but it felt colder with the wind blowing. Since my body
hasnít adjusted to the cool weather yet I overdressed for this ride. I
had on a thin short sleeve wicking shirt as my base layer on top. I was
wearing a pair of nylon wind pants with a mesh lining. I think this might
be the first time since the end of winter that I didnít ride in shorts. I
was also wearing a long sleeve thin wicking shirt as my second layer. For
my third layer on top I had a cotton long sleeve turtle neck shirt.
Finally, for the outer layer I had a pullover wind shirt. I also broke
out my thin hood that I wear under my helmet on really cold days. I
probably didnít need the hood, but I got so cold sitting out at the soccer
field watching Max play that when it came time to go for the ride I wanted
to be sure not to get cold. I was also wearing a medium pair of winter
gloves for my hands. Keeping your feet and hands warm is the key to
staying comfortable when riding in cold weather.
When I got to Peteís he took one
look at me and asked, how cold is it out there. I told him I was probably
over dressed, but he did at least bring a warmer jacket than he was
planning based on my appearance. I was glad to hear that Steve was coming
and we were picking him up next. Apparently Steve hurt a leg recently
playing hockey with the group he and Pete play with each week. Steve
tried it out and it didnít hurt while pedaling so he decided to join us.
Steve looked like me, he was well prepared for the cool weather, including
a nice pair of mittens for his hands. I think Pete later regretted not
bringing gloves on this ride.
From Steveís house we headed over to
the trail and took it south into downtown Rochester. On the way down the
trail we hadnít gone very far and we came across the two mounted police
officers we occasionally see out on the trail. I wasnít close enough to
hear what Pete said to them as he slowed down and rode next to them for a
few seconds. What ever it was it must have been funny because even the
female officer who usually never laughs at Peteís comments was smiling.
The male office was yelling some smart comments back to Pete as he
typically does after Pete initiates the conversation. We also saw a lot
of people walking along the trail heading north. Way more people than
normal and a majority of them were wearing brightly colored name tags.
Steve finally asked a group where they were coming from and a lady
responded Oakland Steiner. We still werenít sure why they were walking,
but now we knew the group was from Oakland Steiner which is an Auburn
Hills elementary school located on the south west corner of Livernois and
We didnít ride far and we were all
hungry so we stopped at Penn Station for lunch. Steve couldnít remember
if he had ever eaten at Penn Station until he got a lemon aid for his
drink, he remember the lemon aid dispenser of all things. As usual our
lunches were fantastic, you just canít beat Penn Station.
Before lunch I was starting to get
too warm, which I knew would happen, so I took off my turtle neck and put
it in my burrito basket. I also did not wear the hood for the ride home.
Steve, Pete and I had a good time with a nice casual ride back toward
home. I split off to head to Adams High School to watch the JV soccer
games which had just started a few minutes earlier at 1;00 pm. Bobís son
Mark plays for the JV team and I met Bob and Kathy in the stands to watch
the game. Jonathan rode his bike up to the game and he rode home with me
once the game was over.
Following are the statistics from
this ride; 12.3 miles, 26.0 max speed, 10.0 average speed and 1 hour and
13 minutes on bikes.
Sunday October 9, 2005
Sunday it was just me and Pete. Pete was going with our friend Gary
to the Lions football game, so Pete wanted to be home early to head over
to Garyís house. We did an early morning breakfast ride. I met Pete over
at his house at 7:45 am. We knew right up front this was going to be
another short ride, but still nice to be outside. This ride was so short
it actually would not have counted as an official bike club ride if we had
any first time riders, but we didnít so it didnít matter.
We went to the Greek Island and we
each ordered the breakfast special with diet coke to drink. We were the
first customers as they were just unlocking the doors as we pulled up. We
are actually becoming regulars at this place. They bring us our diet coke
without even ordering. The food was good and after we sat around talking
and drinking a second glass of pop it was time to head out. Pete and I do
a lot future ride planning over breakfast. We are seriously considering
doing another century before the end of the year, we are planning for the
day before Thanksgiving.
It was another cool morning, similar
to the day before. The sun was trying to break through which would have
warmed up the air. It was actually a beautiful day for a bike ride. To
stay on schedule we headed straight back home. As we were riding home I
actually followed behind Pete as he rode through a circle driveway. One
of Peteís trademarks is riding through circle driveways, this was a first
This ride was just too short and
direct, so I just donít have anything more to report, just a nice short
early morning ride. Following are the statistics from this ride; 9.2
miles, 20.5 max speed, 10.9 average speed and 50 minutes on bikes.