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Dorky Shorts Rides Again! :-)

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!
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    Sounds like a wonderful time. I am currently researching bikes for commute, although it looks like I will be getting a hand-me-down from my mom that is an old style touring bike. It should be great for commuting, but if I get fit enough to do a sprint Triathlon I might be laughed off the course (until I finish in the ribbons, LOL).
    I'LL need some donkey shorts too.
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    2607 days ago
    Amazingly wonderful recounting of a terrifically life-affirming experience, Don! Hope your physical ow-ies resolve quickly!
    P.S. Oh, and forgot to mention that You.Look.GREAT!!!
    2626 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2010 9:34:29 AM
    I searched in vain for a Youtube of the scene in Sixteen Candles.

    Samantha: Everybody thinks I'm a dork.
    Her dad: I don't think you're a dork. Mom doesn't think you're a dork.
    Samantha: Mike thinks I'm a dork.
    Her dad: Mike IS a dork.


    I don't think you're a dork. :)
    2626 days ago
    Sounds like a GREAT ride - thanks for pics.

    What I learned riding yesterday, is with the right 'gear', even a cold weather ride can be pleasant.
    2627 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Love Owego
    2627 days ago
    Great! Thanks for taking us along!! Oh, and you are so right. Yesterday on our local news they were discussing how one local community here is planning to get started with their riverwalk project even though there has been so much infighting and controversy....husband and I both immediately responded since we have been to many cities that have gotten the message and enjoyed our visits so much more than we might have.
    2627 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome bike ride! glad you were able to get out and enjoy such a beautiful day!
    2627 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    It really was an amazing day! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy it on your bike.
    2627 days ago
    Glad to hear that you're out there riding again. I missed your travelogues, Don!!

    You have some wonderful areas to ride in.
    2627 days ago
  • UROPA40
    Sounds like a great day. I bought a new bike this year to cross train but did not ride more than twice a week. I wish riding a bike could make me feel as good as running does. Maybe if I ever get used to the skinny tires, gears and clip on shoes I will relax and have more fun. Suzy
    2627 days ago
    How good to hear you finally got out for a nice bike ride after your busy month! Thanks for posting the pictures--it looks like a lovely little village. I quite agree about the improvements that so many places are making to help people get out into nature. That what made my younger son love living in Europe (it sure wasn't the socialism or the high prices).

    Happy Sunday!
    2627 days ago
    Thank you for your sharing your new bike experience. I am really proud of you how you manage regardless of what to do exercise like you mentioned in your previous blog, Then also love the pictures you take and publish. Thanks again and enjoy your Sunday!
    2628 days ago
    Don, It looks great and you look great!

    2628 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    how awesome is that!!!
    thanks for sharing...........
    blessings and hugs...........lita

    2628 days ago
  • XENA1956
    Just beautiful pictures. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and didn't get too sore either. I wish I could of been there with you. Should I tell ya our weather today was in the upper 70's, opps I did. Oh well I have lived in S.CA my whole life, if not for all the people, traffic and tourists I would love it. LOL Teri emoticon
    2628 days ago

    It sounds like a perfect day and all the pictures were great. Here it was between 18-32. Much warner where you are. Snowing right now.
    You too have a good rest of the weekend.


    2628 days ago
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