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Finally! A ride with DDORN. :-)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Don and I have known each other through SP for 2-3 years and although we live not far from each other and we're both pretty avid road cyclists, we've never actually ridden together.

Yesterday we finally did.

Track here:

It was a comfortable 60 mile loop with his usual group, the Southern Tier Bicycling Club.

Don and I added about 15 miles to the planned loop and started in Port Crane, NY. I left my house at 6:15 am in order to meet him there by 8:30.
We rode over Belden hill and met the rest of the group in Windsor.
At about 10 we all started out in a clump, and as we climbed the hill on the way to McClure we spread out a bit. We regrouped again at McClure (which Don said he had expected to be a "booming metropolis" based on the size of the text on the map - it wasn't. LOL)

Then we all set off again over a nice big hill with lunch in Afton on the other side. I fell in with a nice group of folks, and on the way down we ran into Regina, who was riding out to meet us on her recumbent. Regina is on SP too! (I'll have to get her ID from Don; I don't remember it)
We made our way into Afton and stopped for lunch at a fabulous restaurant / bakery.


They reserved tables for us!

Me, Don, Regina

I don't usually gush about food. Seriously. But this was really really well done.

A guy at our table (I think his name is Steve) ordered a piece of German chocolate cake and split it up as appetizers, and (probably because I rarely eat that sort of thing) the tiny piece I had sent my tastebuds spiraling into an ecstacy of sugar, starch, and fat.

The ride leader, Steve Russo, recommended the winter squash soup, and he was right. It was amazing. It was also very rich, and on the ride home both Don and I noticed that we weren't feeling as energetic as usual. I chalk it up to the cream that was probably in the soup. Good thing we each only had a cup of it. LOL

We also had these awesome tuna steak salads with cranberries, feta, walnuts, etc. It was delicious and extremely satisfying without being stultifying.

We got back on our bikes and rode west along 7. At Nineveh Don and I were to stay on 7 while everyone else turned south and headed back toward Windsor. We took some pictures on the bridge over the Susquehanna, then parted ways and Don and I rode back over Belden Hill and to our cars.

It was really nice. More social than the rides I'm used to, but that was a welcome change. And I burned over 2000 calories according to my HR monitor, so that makes me happy too. If that group weren't almost 2 hours away I'd definitely ride with them on a regular basis. I can see why Don does.

On my way back home I stopped in Ithaca and went to the Friends of the Library book sale and picked up over $30 of used books on kayaking, travel memoirs, nature, and snowboarding (maybe I can pick up tips that will prevent me from tearing my rotator cuff this winter. LOL)

I also found a first edition of the AMC white water handbook for canoe and kayak. Published the year I was born. With awesome pictures of people in the custom fiberglass boats they used to use before plastic was invented. I paid 50 cents for it.

I got home almost exactly 12 hours from when I left, tired and happy.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TENACIOUSTIGER 10/16/2011 11:06AM

    sounds like you guys had an awesome day and the food sounds even better. Love the photos for some reason all the sparkers i've stumbled across , are not anywhere near australia. You guys are wearing the biggest smiles

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CIRANDELLA 10/14/2011 10:17AM

    WOW!! What an amazing, inspiring adventure! Thanks so much for this photojournalistic goodie, too - you inspire me!!

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PHEBESS 10/10/2011 12:02PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!

And I LOVE your wallpaper!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/10/2011 9:42AM

    Awesome!! Must have been so much fun for you and Don to meet each other . . . and those tuna steak salads sound terrific.

Having suffered frozen shoulder a couple of times, I do a "preventive" rotator cuff strengthening exercise: standing up, hold 10 pound (or so) weight in hand with elbow tucked comfortably into waist: slowly rotate weight across torso to opposite side, then slowly rotate weight out to extend as far a possible to same side, repeat 10 times (or so) and switch. I've had a couple "falls on outstretched hand" or FOOSH since commencing this routine and . . . no rotator cuff injuries.

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DDOORN 10/9/2011 10:38PM

    What a day that was...! SUPER time had by all! And you beat me to blogging it...hoping to serve my volley later tonight...been run, run, runnin' today! :-)


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HDHAWK 10/9/2011 9:54PM

    What a wonderful day! It's always exciting to meet SP friends in person.

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CANNIE50 10/9/2011 9:46PM

    What a day, and the photos are great. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/9/2011 6:17PM

    That's cuz it's fun but not quite AS fun as whitewater kayaking...

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ELYMWX 10/9/2011 6:02PM

    You know how BB commented about how your smile when you're kayaking is huge? I think it's almost as large when you're biking!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/9/2011 4:07PM


That was on the table, silly. ;-)

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    I thought the first rule about Bike Club was that you were not supposed to talk about Bike Club? You guys have it clearly written on the wall here. yowch.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/9/2011 1:18PM


LOL more like a greedy hungry cyclist thing.

Comment edited on: 10/9/2011 1:19:51 PM

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THOMS1 10/9/2011 10:54AM

    That was a great day! I'm lucky to get 10 miles a day on my bike. emoticon

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2LBSATATIME 10/9/2011 9:42AM

    Sounds like a great day emoticon

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KAYOTIC 10/9/2011 9:39AM

    What fun! And German chocolate cake as an appetizer? Must be an east coast thing.... emoticon The ride and group sounds wonderful!

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