I set out yesterday on my bike to enjoy some of the Big Splash Music Festival:
It was a picture-perfect day for cycling (sunny, upper 70's) and I knew I wanted to get more cycling than just heading out to the festival, which would be around 20 miles.
After listening for about an hour to some nice bluegrass/country/rock crossover and another local group of country-folk women singing (The Burns Sisters) I got restless to hit the road again and decided I would head "south of the border" across the NY / PA state line toward Hallstead/Great Bend, PA.
I thought it would be nice to have some company so on a whim I called my biking buddy (who joined forces with me last Sept. for our 175 mile NJ ride!) to see if she might be free. However she was with company...but she really wanted to get out on her bike! A few minutes after hanging up she rang through again: shook loose her company and was getting ready to hit the road too! YES! :-)
Knowing that this upcoming weekend was the Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour (not too late to join in the fun...! www.southerntierbicyclec
) I wanted to rack up some more miles and feel better prepared for cycling 'round Watkins Glen, Seneca & Keuka Lakes.
We enjoyed some bike talk along the way, kicking around ideas for future rides, bike gear we wanted but couldn't afford...lol and the upcoming GFLBT and Heritage Tour the weekend after. I was debating whether or not to consider tackling the century ride around Seneca Lake on Sat. June 11th as it was so early in the cycling season, the route is much hillier than what we had last Sept. in NJ and I wasn't sure if I was ready. She did a good job of nudging me: "You KNOW you can do it. Maybe not as well as you might at the end of the season, but just think how well getting a century under your belt NOW will help you later!"
Sometimes I just gotta get out of my own way...lol!
Dealt with a pretty strong headwind on our way northbound after a stretching water break in Great Bend, good to build our skills, right? :-) Practiced a few standing climbs here and there. It was good to find our mutual cycling pace quickly became very complimentary just as it had been last year.
She went back to the Big Splash festival as we returned to Binghamton and I headed home as it was heading for 7 and I didn't want it getting too dark.
Less than 5 miles from home. Isn't that what they say about auto accidents...most of 'em happen right near one's home?
The lane striping for cyclists on upper Front St. northbound where it T's off with Route 12A is very frustrating as the cycling lane is of course on the far right-hand side. But then there's the right turn lane for cars. What's a cyclist to do when one wants to go straight and not turn? Well, they simply stop the far right cycling lane striping back before the intersection and voila! Paint a bike lane at the traffic light IN BETWEEN the straight and right-turn lanes.
So how does one get there? While turning to my left to eye-ball oncoming traffic to see if anyone was coming up the right turn lane so I could cross into the bike lane I inadvertently zigged my bike into the curb.
Yikes! Seeing a fall in the making I saw a sign on the side of the road and grabbed one of the posts holding up the sign and sorta just slammed into THAT instead of the ground. Saved my knee from major road rash, but twisted my thumb and still scraped up my shoulder, etc. Bike was okay other than the handlebars getting knocked a bit off "true." Hobbled on home for those final 5 miles. Hello Bacitracin, my old buddy! Unlike Wily Coyote who bounces back good as new in the next frame, I'm going to need some mending this week.
Passing on cycling today. Going to the fitness center to work out the kinks. Hated to do this as I may get rained out the rest of the week and I want to keep cycling to be at my best for this upcoming weekend!
Guess I'm just going to have to revert to STOPPING at this intersection, getting OFF the bike and walking across and then getting on. At least until I get a mirror of some sort which can improve my visibility.
What us cyclists will put ourselves through...! But yep: every lump, bump & scrape: the joys of cycling is still worth it!
Have a SPARKED week everyone!
ps...keeping track of my totals: Today's 52 mile ride puts me right up to 398 miles so far for the season!