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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.):


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:



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!


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!

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