Saturday, November 13, 2010
Put on the ol' dorky shorts (yep, those padded spandex things are under my regular shorts...lol ) and headed out with a few bike club members for WONDERFUL 42 mile ride from Binghamton to Owego and back today.
It had been too, too long since I'd been out on my bike...guesstimating about a month...! Riding that single-speed beach cruiser in Savannah had me SO appreciating the kind of bonding one develops with one's bike...knowing how it will respond to my pedaling, gear-shifting, etc. Similar to the bond one develops with a musical instrument. I can play any guitar, but it's different when it's MY guitar! I imagine the bond between a horse and rider must be even tighter!
As gloriously sunny as it was I don't believe it ever hit 60. The warmest temp I saw during the ride was 56 and by the time we returned around 4:15 it had already dropped to 49.
So I wondered what to wear...for a teensy bit and then I just said, "Heck you KNOW you're just gonna shed anything that you wear beyond your standard shorts and T-shirt...!" So that's what I wore. And it was just FINE! A little brisk, but I tell ya, those first miles were so sweet and SO pumped up! I zoomed way ahead of the others. Free at last! Woo hoo! Any chill that was noticeable at first was just vaporized!
Felt a little weird shoving this orange-sized (formerly grapefruit-sized) hematoma on my hip into my dorky shorts, but I think it helped to stabilize it...at least for a while. Later it had this irritating tendency to kinda slosh or flop around as I peddled. But it didn't hurt, nor did my right ankle / shin where the cellulitis is. Now as I sit here typing the ankle is saying "okay let's put me up for the night already!"
Owego is a very pleasant little artsy village and today it was just BUZZING with people up & down the street window shopping and soaking up the sunshine. Across the street were some high school band students playing Christmas songs. While I STILL feel this is rushing the season a bit, it was a nice touch:
We walked about town and courtesy of another bike club member I discovered the lovely RiverWalk that had been built a few years ago along the backside of the downtown buildings:
These are the kind of improvements to our cities and villages that inspires people to get out of their homes and walk, jog, bike, skateboard, whatever and enjoy the company of others doing the same. People are more connected to nature, others and themselves! In my opinion there just can't be ENOUGH of these kind of projects!
A few other pics:
All in all it was a perfect day for a ride that was the perfect distance, terrain and company!
Flying HIGH AGAIN! Woo Hoo!
I wish RUNNING could make me feel this good...! Lol!
Everybody enjoy the rest of your weekend, rest, recharge and SPARK anew!
ps...earlier in my cycling resurgence I was bemoaning the need for cycling shorts as I'd never needed them before...well a fellow member gave a good-humored poke by referring to a Dilbert comic where cycling shorts were referred to as "dorky shorts"...to which I heartily agreed! Still do, sorta, but necessary nonetheless...lol!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Checked in and headed down to use the pc in the lobby. Ugh, somone's on it.
Guess "someone" is trying to nudge me about my day on the road without any cardio...so, I start walking / jogging round the perimeter of the hotel for a few rounds until they get off the pc. But I can see this person is a lot like me...still at it after a few loops. It's a chilly 40 degrees (welcome back to the North...lol!) so I figure to really rev myself up I might as well grab my Nordic poles & walkman. Although I felt a bit lame with my lumps & bumps at first, as I limber up I feel better and can move with greater ease. Worked up a nice sweat by the time the pc was free 90 mins. later...lol!
Good to not let a day slip by without my cardio! :-)
Hope everyone is doing well!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Well I suppose most of you could have predicted that tethering myself to stop-n-go downtown traffic was something I wouldn't tolerate without SOME time out on the open road!
So I set out this morning for Tybee Island!
It was great to see the Savannah Lowlands up close and personal...long stretches of waterways and marshy tall grass from which the herons leap and take flight! It was a gray, overcast morning, but no rain as had been predicted.
Pedaling 20+ miles on this single speed wonder had my legs just a-whizzing...lol! I felt a teensy bit foolish for tackling such a thing, but O the RELIEF of getting my Open Road FIX! :-)
Although it hadn't rained overnight there were a few large puddles here and there which put a nice, fenderless black stripe up my back...but heck when you're biking the breeze dries you off pretty quickly!
An annoyance: found a LARGE puddle, however beside it was a sidewalk which was high enough to be dry. Cool! Just hop up on the sidewalk...cruising along when a big SEMI comes along and WHOOSH! Douses me a good one! Back to the mobile clothes-drying business...! :-)
I made the mistake of taking a diversion down to River Street to see the ferries and tugboats. Mistake because of the cobblestone / brick streets rattling my brains out. Double mistake as I had attempted to move to a paved portion of the street but made the poor decision to cross the old-time trolley tracks which had other plans for my tires and promptly dumped me on the street...oof! Lumps, bumps, road rash and damaged pride, but otherwise no worse for wear. Got back on the bike later today and had to smile as although I'm a bit sore walking, getting in & out of cars...on the bike? No pain whatsoever...lol! Anyhow...this is only my 2nd tumble since reclaiming bicycling over the past few years...not TOO shabby considering the miles I must be racking up! Cruised a bit around town taking in all the old historic homes, church's and establishments...really quite the amazing city, Savannah, just filled with parks and squares and dripping, oozing history everywhere one turns!
Tomorrow we set sail and are northward bound!
Catch up with pics when I can!
PS...belatedly adding this neat video shared on YouTube:
Thoughts On My Bike
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Had fun riding around Savannah today on one of the trolley tours. Rented a bike from one of the shops today and realized how SPOILED I've been with my own bicycle: they would only rent single-speed clunkers with HUGE tires and handlebars spreading out so far I felt like I was riding a BOAT down the avenues...! I had hoped to be able to take it out on trails, etc. however the bike shop was very cautious and advised me against taking the bike anywhere but downtown: pedal pedal STOP, pedal pedal STOP, pedal pedal STOP! Ah well, at least it's a bike and can stave off total withdrawal conniption fits...lol!
While on the trolley tour I saw a logo on a hotel's billboard (not the one where we stayed) and realized I checked into the wrong hotel! It read:
Life is simple:
My new motto! :-)
Keep on Sparkin' everyone!
ps...can't upload pics while away from home...will fill you all in later!
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