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To Century or Not...?


Friday, June 10, 2011

All righty! The bike's all set to go...itching to cut loose from work @ noon and then I'm OFF to Watkins Glen for the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour!

The bummer is I haven't had time to ride since those 52 miles on Sun. and am feeling shaky for nailing a century ride on Sat. I may wuss down to the 79 mile ride...oh, and they're calling for rain! So who knows...? Crossing my fingers! Stay tuned! The century ride will include the full perimeter of Seneca Lake PLUS a loop which crosses eastward and travels from Geneva to Seneca Falls and down along a northern stretch of Cayuga Lake before returning to Seneca Lake.

Now the trick is going to be balancing sufficient challenge to gratify myself vs. not going so overboard that I lose the FUN & JOY of cycling...! WANTING that century badly, but...not wanting to jeopardize having a great time.

I'll be chewing on this with some other cyclists today, see what the weather holds and see what I end up doing...will be offline till Sunday night...catch up then!

Here is a wonderful link shared by one of our club members which shows all the various routes which will be offered all three days (Fri., Sat., Sun.):

ridewithgps.com/users/12
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Unfortunately recent flooding in the Keuka Lake area will rule out the Keuka Lake loop for a ride on Sunday, but they have an alternate ride planned between Keuka and Seneca Lakes.

Can't wait to see all the WATER...lakes, gorges, etc. and the rolling hills of vineyards and wineries and catching up with bike club members...good times ahead this weekend!

Here are a few links with pictures of various parts of the Finger Lakes:

nyfalls.com/lakes/seneca
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www.tripadvisor.com/Loca
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Finger_Lakes-New_York.html


And here's a wonderful selection of shots of the beautiful gorges of the area...one of which (Watkins Glen) will be right in the back yard of our campgrounds and ready for hiking!

www.citrusmilo.com/finge
rlakes/iloveny1.cfm


Although I'll be staying with others in a "campground"...I'm taking the "cushy" option of staying in one of the cabins. Brought my guitar along to dust it off and see if I still remember how to play...lol!

Praying for sunny, dry weather...make it a SPARKED weekend everyone!

Don
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYATLAST 7/11/2011 10:56AM

    Beautiful area. Whatever you choose you are certain to meet your goal.

Now, I'll go read the conclusion.

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KINSBAILE 6/13/2011 11:39AM

    Sweet, hope you had fun!

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FRECKS96 6/13/2011 9:27AM

    Sorry I missed this blog before you left. I hope you had a wonderful ride! I love that area and I'm jealous that you got to enjoy it on a bike.

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FERRETLOVER1 6/11/2011 8:19AM

    Wait till you see what the weather is doing and how you are feeling before you make your final decision. Can you change your mind during the ride?

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ZELLAZM 6/11/2011 6:04AM

    Have a great time, whatever you decide!

*Expecting video blog of Don singing "Kumbaya" with his fellow campers* emoticon emoticon

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CRAVINGLIFE 6/11/2011 5:48AM

    Hope you have a great time no matter what you decide! You should just be proud for getting out there! Can't wait to hear about your day!

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VARMINT3 6/10/2011 1:54PM

    Whatever you decide to do - HAVE FUN!

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LADYGWEN25 6/10/2011 1:31PM

    that is so cool... How do you find out about the century rides??? I want to do one as well as a 50 miler first to start..lol..

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TOOTHFUL99 6/10/2011 12:24PM

    Not taking any bad weather into concideration...

In my personal experience, I'll dread a century and question if I should do it. At the last minute I'll do it, start out strong, fizzle throughout the day and by the last 15 miles my bike is the last place I want to be.

One hour afterward, I'm glad I did it and feel so good about myself for completing it.

I'm just saying....

Have a great ride...whatever you decide!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/10/2011 11:05AM

    Gimme a buzz when you know where / when you're likely to be passing through, and if I'm around I'll come out to see you go by!

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Stupid shoulder. If I could road ride I'd even join you for part of it!

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DAISYBELL6 6/10/2011 10:55AM

    Best wishes for a fun ride!

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L*I*T*A* 6/10/2011 10:45AM

    enjoy whether the weather cooperates!!!

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CANBDONE 6/10/2011 10:39AM

    Fit and fun weekend...sounds awesome!

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MARTY728 6/10/2011 9:55AM

    Have fun! Sounds like a great weekend. Hoping the rain holds off.

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JLITT62 6/10/2011 9:55AM

    I'm having a similar dilemma with a race this weekend & i admit the weather is a big part of the picture. Just don't forget to have fun!

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IMIN2GENES 6/10/2011 9:31AM

    Sounds like a great weekend! I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather for you!

As for the Century? I think you can nail it! Enjoy yourself no matter which route you choose!
Chris
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SASSYCHRIS1952 6/10/2011 9:12AM

    Upstate New York is so beautiful! Have a great time and weekend, hope the weather is ok emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/10/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend - have fun and be safe. Looking forward to a full report on Monday. emoticon

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