Truth be told I took this ride about two weeks ago. Although I’ve ridden shorter distances since then, the last few days the weather has been less than ideal with temperatures hovering around 100F. This evening as I write this, thunderstorms are finally moving in, signaling a temperature change for the better on the way.
On the day of this ride, temp was around 55F (as indicated on my Protege 9.0 Bike Computer) when I left around 7:45am on Saturday, May 24th. I took the Mongoose for this ride, just to see how it would do on a ride with a decent distance. The week before I took the Trek.
Another truth to be told, I actually took these pictures on the return trip; however, I’m posting them in order as if I took them heading out. I took them on the return trip because I wanted a workout on the way out, so I rode straight on through without stopping.
At 7.8 miles is The Eatery. This is a great place to stop on the return trip for a bite. As you can see, a lot of cyclists stop here for that reason. Eating a meal and then riding another 8 miles may not seem like the greatest idea, but so far I haven’t had a problem. The trail from this point home is fairly flat, with the worst hill going up my street and up my driveway! Not good for cooling down. I usually have to putter around in the driveway for about 5 minutes after a ride.
About 11 miles out, this is one of the newer purpose built bridges. I have to say I really appreciate my town’s effort in making the trail a really nice experience. It seems they’ve went the extra mile (as it were), in keeping the trail to itself most of the time, crossing roads only when absolutely necessary.
So we’ve covered about 46 miles round trip. The return trip takes longer not only because of the photos and stopping to get a bite to eat, but also because the ride is uphill for the most part. It’s a very slight grade, but it is uphill (as made evident by the water flowing in the opposite direction – water flows downhill in case that wasn’t obvious).
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