Sunday, July 18, 2010
Today's ride was through some of the most BEAUTIFUL country! We started in the Cannonsville Reservoir, which for those who may not know, is one of several reservoirs in upstate NY which has been set up to gather water to meet the needs of the residents of New York City. Like a giant water cooler, only Nature's version, with a helping hand from people who designed and shaped it.
Here is a pic of the reservoir:
Here is a link to my saved Fitness Map of the ride:
Supposedly someone's Garmin clocked this ride @ 66 miles...some difference with Fitness Maps tallying up 47 miles! Go figure! I'm going with the upper number because it SURE FELT LIKE IT!
Beers Brook Road
Sounds like such a harmless enough name, eh?
5 miles of solid uphill climbing and YES, I WALKED! :-)
There was no way I would kill myself going up this hill only to have the majority of the ride yet still ahead of me...WHEW! It was challenging enough on it's own!
The fun part was riding down the hills into Downsville on Route 206...didn't reach the upper 50 mph as they had before, but we were around 48 mph...yee hah! No brakes, just fast and furious FUN! For once gravity was my FRIEND instead of FOE!
In Downsville we ate at the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, a very nicely done-up place in the hunter-woodsman motif with stuffed, mounted animals EVERYWHERE!
I had a spinach salad with grilled chicken on top...yum!
This is the view out the back side of the restaurant looking WAY up the mountainside from down in the valley where we were...awfully pleased not to climb THAT ONE!:
Here are a few of us outside the restaurant with our bikes:
A pic of the road ahead:
I have to admit toward the end of our trek mightily feeling the fatigue and worse, my dorkey shorts weren't doing the best in protecting my backside...yeouch! I began standing on the pedals so much my legs were getting wobbly! A couple of the bike club members were kind enough to wait for me to straggle along...hadn't even realized it as I was busy snapping pics near the end of the ride realizing, "hey, I don't have but hardly ANY pics!" I was pleased to find out that they don't let anyone bike alone on these rides...make sure we all come home to roost! :-)
Wrapped up feeling pleasantly exhausted and treated myself to a soak in the tub tonight...something I do only a handful of times a year!
Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend and here's to a SPARKIN' week ahead!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Hey, blame LUCYSUNFLOWER for my groaner blog title...lol!
I FINALLY was able to slow down enough to speed up on my bike today to / from work! And I was pleased with how good my legs felt pedaling. My right knee, shin is still a tad sore, but only when I bend it 90 degrees or more, which I tend not to do when biking due to the degree of my leg extension. Or when I bump it getting in / out of the car...argh!
Got home from work and figured if I'm gonna be cruisin' through the Catskill Mountains this weekend I'd better get the lawn done tonight. Pulled out the ol' hand-powered reel mower, put on my mp3 player and whizzed through 90 minutes of mowing in what felt like 90 degrees, 90% humidity with swarms of little bugs buzzing about my head. What a drippy mess I was when I finished!
But it was DONE!
Now: Let the weekend BEGIN! Look out Bear Spring Mountain, here I come!
Hoping to get out for a little more biking tomorrow to prepare for the BIG ride on Sunday when the weather promises to be a balmy 87 degrees with lots of sunshine! Yee hah! :-)
I'm psyching myself up for whatever comes my way. Lots of walking, maybe even giving up and not completing the whole ride. But I'm planning to give this 64 mile ride my very BEST!
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