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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Eleven of us bike club members cut loose today after being denied our Skaneateles Lake ride yesterday due to the weather. Today was questionable too, although you wouldn't know it by the beautiful blue skies when we set sail at 10 a.m.!

I did this ride with the club last October on a much more pleasant day with pictures that turned out much better than today:
...includes a fun "re-take" on an old Cole Porter song.

However today's ride was still a great 47 miler with over 2,200 feet of climb peaking just outside Morris.


I enjoyed catching up with a club member who had me green with envy earlier this summer as she told me of her plans to travel to Washington State on a supported cycling tour. What surprised me, however, was her feedback that although it was great to have a change of pace she has YET to find a place in all her travels that can beat the beauty and variety of upstate New York. We are so truly blessed to be cyclists in our back yard!

The clouds were gathering quickly and although rain was predicted for 3 pm it looked like it would come sooner. I was part of a group of four at the front of the group and we all shared the same opinion: no lunch for us in Morris! Just a quick stop and get buzzing back to Sidney and beat the rain!

Most of my pics were too dark to bother including, but here's a couple re-takes (you see 'em in last year's blog too):

The falls at Route 51 & Dimmock Hollow Road

Stone Bridge in Gilbertsville

On our return trip we had unexpected company: a huge Husky came darting out of the trees heading toward us! But unlike the usual cyclist's dilemma of hostile dogs we had a whole new problem on our hands:

This dog was in LOVE with our bikes and speed! He was having a BLAST running alongside us and the faster we rode the better he liked it! It was sorta fun for a few hundred feet, I'll have to admit...however soon we pulled over. This dog was liable to join us all the way to Sidney! And THEN what? The dog was happily bouncing back and forth between us, eager to win our approval. He seemed to be a loveable type that would insist on being a "lap dog," leaving one struggling to come up for air underneath.

We met up with a boy and his father riding back toward where we came and we asked them to hang onto the dog while we scurried off...!

No go...soon the dog was cheerfully loping along beside us!

What next? A young fellow came along in his car and pulled over when we got his attention. He could see that the dog was harmless. We asked if he would take the dog back to where we originally saw him. The kid said "Sure!"

Next problem: the dog wouldn't get into the car! After dragging him a bit one of our riders had a great idea. She had been chewing on a granola bar. Once it was wafted in front of the dog he was putty in our hands and happily hopped into the car chomping on the granola bar!


Off we went and before long a little, light drizzle started coming down, goosing my pedaling speed up with each drop!

We beat any significant rain, fortunately and although I car-pooled with someone who would not come along for another 45 mins. I spent the time in McDonald's unwinding with a couple tall, hot coffees.

All in all a wonderful way to spend my 55th birthday!

I logged into RealAge for another dose of feedback and unfortunately my RealAge jumped up from last year, but is still two years younger than my chronological age. RealAge keeps adding more and more complexity to its questions and calculations. It's an interesting tradition I'll keep up for birthdays to come.

Hey everyone keep it SPARKIN' this week!


ps...yearly total of 1859 miles...hoping to add to this!
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  • TSANC01
    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a nice ride and wow..1859 miles so far, fantastic!
    2343 days ago
    WOW!! That's alot of yearly miles you've logged!!
    Happy birthday!
    Sounds like a fun fall ride!
    2344 days ago
    Happy Birthday - thanks for sharing your experience with us! I just watched the movie "Marley and Me" on TV the other night (in German) and your dog friend sounds like he was a Marley-type. Hope he found his way home again after all the fun.
    2345 days ago
    What a great and scenic way to spend your birthday! And I'm amazed at the total mileage! emoticon
    2346 days ago
  • JLITT62
    There are many lovely areas of upstate NY, I'll grant you, but there are definitely areas more beautiful IMHO & WA is definitely one of them!

    Happy birthday!
    2346 days ago
    Happy belated Birthday - sounds like another great ride. Isn't it great to feel so healthy and physically fit on your birthday. You have truly made the lifestyle change. emoticon
    2346 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2346 days ago
    Spending your birthday on your bicycle is the best! I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you.
    I had a dog follow me for 3 miles once. I rode back and made her "stay" where I found her. Then, I went on my way. A couple hours later, when I was coming home, I found her laying in the shade waiting for me. Luckily she didn't follow me home or she'd be sleeping on my bed right now!
    2346 days ago
  • BILL60
    Super ride and a happy b'day to you. May you enjoy many more.
    2346 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Way to go
    2347 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great ride. I'm glad the dog didn't cause any problems. My meetings have not been so fortunate but I did have a kitten try to follow us once. We out ran it but then I saw a car coming and was concerned for the kitten. Turned out it was one of the SAG drivers and they'd stopped and picked up the kitten. Not knowing where it belonged, they brought it to the next rest stop. I don't know what happened from there but I hope it found a good home.
    2347 days ago
    What an AWESOME was to celebrate your birthday.

    The dog thing was kinda funny but they just scare me when riding. Even if they are friendly and just want to run with you, it would be so easy for them to run in front of you and down you go.

    What a great day.
    2347 days ago
    happy birthday! glad you were able to get in yet another awesome ride! kudos!
    2347 days ago
    You cycled through another rotation of the Sun in Libra -- emoticon

    If you didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
    If you'd never been born, what would you do?
    If you'd never been born, what would you be?
    You might be a fish or a toad in a tree.
    You might be a doorknob or three baked potatoes.
    You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.

    But worse than all that: you might be a Wasn't!
    A Wasn't has no fun at all. No he doesn't!
    A Wasn't just isn't. He just isn't present.
    But hey! You are you! And isn't that pleasant?
    So we'll go to the top of the tallest blue space.
    The official SPARK PEOPLE sounding-off place.

    Go on: Open your mouth and roar loud at the sky!
    Roar loud at the top of your voice:
    I am I!
    I am I!
    And I may not know why. But I know that I like it!
    Three cheers! I am I, I am I, I am I!!!!!

    Today is your birthday, that's truer than true.
    There's no one on earth who is youer than you!
    Shout loud: I am lucky to be what I am!
    Thank goodness I'm not just a ham or a clam
    or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam.
    I am what I am and that's a great thing, yes m'am!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Dr Suess...and Maha!

    And for YOU Don, of course, a musical greeting as well:


    2347 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/16/2011 9:38:21 PM
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