Friday, September 24, 2010
Just a last note before I scoot out the door to let EVERYONE know how appreciative I am for ALL your BOUNDLESS support and energy! I will take you ALL with me and hear your cheers and rooting as I make my way on my journey!
Here is a link to the route I'll be taking on Saturday. Sunday's route will likely be the same, minus the 25 mile loop:
I'll be keeping all my supportive family, friends, SparkFamily and Cherie in my motivational tank and give this my very best effort!
Camera's packed, stay tuned, catch up when the dust settles on Sunday / Monday!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Not much time for blogging these days, as have been preoccupied and focused on preparations for my first century+ bike ride this upcoming weekend.
I hope to complete the City to Shore Ride for Multiple Sclerosis and with my Team Captain we're planning to ride 100 miles on Sat. from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ and another 75 miles on Sun. returning to Cherry Hill.
We had our crash course in changing flat tires yesterday...courtesy of a wonderful fellow from our local bike club. He patiently provided guidance as we'd deflate, disassemble, reassemble, re-inflate bike tires over & over again. Feeling like I can handle that if it comes up...might fumble a bit, but I think I'd get the job done! Bringing my bike into the shop for a good look-over, tune-up on Weds.
These are total miles I have yet to see myself accomplish within such a time frame. While I *think* I can do this and I'm setting out to give it my best shot, I'm very nervous, anxious, excited over balancing "giving it my best" yet not overstepping my capabilities or beating myself up if I fall short of doing the WHOLE thing.
Going to do my best to keep my bike legs under me throughout the week by riding to work and other places every day if I can.
I got a carrier for the back rack on my bike and plan to take a camera along for pics.
Leaving Friday to settle in for the EARLY start on Sat. morning. Departure is at 6 a.m. We'll have 10 hours to complete the 100 miles. It all sounds "do-able" but I can be all-too-good in worrying and driving myself crazy...lol!
Once I hit the road I think my bike will be my best medicine!
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Many people live nearby a road such as the one I cycled today...Route 7 used to be a major highway between Binghamton and Albany. However years ago Interstate 88 was put in to be a speedier major spoke for our travel through the Northeast.
Today I had the pleasure of traveling up Route 7 from Binghamton to Oneonta and discovered that:
---I had the road almost ALL to myself! Everyone was traveling the Interstate! Woo Hoo!
---Route 7 was somtimes like a parallel universe, traveling back into time where diners are the rule and fast food is the exception. I discovered the little burg of Unadilla has a live, functioning drive-in theater! A place where Nooks were what lovers found in each other and Kindled flames of romance, rather than to get lost in a myriad of yet more gadgets. Produce stands filled with fresh fruits and veggies grown in back yards with a trusting coffee can for customers to drop their payment. Backyard barbeques wafted out to the road for me to enjoy the aroma of family gatherings...
---There were pleasant surprises such as innovative manufacturers of solar powered equipment and biomass pellets for pellet stoves.
---The towns that used to have a bar or tavern every other block have replaced them with Ice Cream Shops...ugh! Trading one vice for another...lol! and can someone explain why was it during our travels down in the HOT SOUTH of this country other than the occasional DQ, there were next to NO ice cream shops...? Is this a northern phenomenon...?
Although a little cloudy at times and a cool high-60's, it was SUCH a pleasant day for a 56 mile road trip on my bike!
The weather taking such a turn during Labor Day weekend really makes it feel like summer is all but over...which I plan to fight tooth and nail...! Some Labor Days feel like just a teensy speed bump to a summer which still has a lot of life left...sadly this year it just doesn't have that feeling. I hope I'm SO WRONG! :-)
So hey, if you live nearby a road like Route 7 and haven't traveled it in a while take a break and walk, jog, bike or even a ride in your car and surprise yourself with a little time travel down the memory lane in YOUR neighborhood!
Have a super Labor Day weekend everyone!
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