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Another Dose of Autumn on Two Wheels!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

You know those beetles that swarm like crazy in your home when it warms up? That was our bike club today: we had 35 members joining the fun today in what felt like the "last hurrah" of autumn! *Perhaps* we'll get another weekend with some decent, "bike-able" weather...but those odds are getting increasingly long!

So we all got out to savor the sun and the albeit gray terrain, tucked between brilliant blue skies and the deep, lapis lazuli hues of the lakes and ponds.

Here's the view overlooking the Whitney Point dam, lake and Dorchester Park, through which we'd ridden earlier.

Although the majority of the club members met in Whitney Point for the ride up to Willet (a teensy spot in the road to the north), a few club members joined me earlier in Chenango Forks to add another 20 miles or so to the formal ride which was only around 24 or so miles.

Both the SP Fitness Maps and RideWithGPS had trouble with our route through Dorchester Park...neither recognized the well-paved and defined path for some reason. So I have a 44 mile estimate and a 47 mile estimate. I'm thinking 44 is probably the more accurate, with a climb of around 2300:

One of the club members posted her surprise over how taxing this ride seemed to her and I had to agree! Perhaps it was the strong headwind and the chill it brought on, or something else but this ride certainly knocked my socks off!

It felt great to be back on the road though! Even if it WAS getting dark already at 4 pm on my way home...ugh! This Daylight Savings Time fall back is going to knock me for a loop for a few days, as I don't use an alarm clock to wake up in the morning...hoping to head to bed shortly!

Just one more pic of a fun and oh-so-true poster shared by one of our club members:

The Benefits of Biking

Here's a few links to the poster:

Make it a SPARKED week ahead everyone!

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    Your blog made me jealous!!! LOL I'm hoping to get a little more nice biking weather before the snow starts to hit the plains.
    Great diagram of the bike!!!!!
    1813 days ago
    How did I miss this classic Don blog from Sunday until Wednesday? Great pictures . . . and love the bicycle "chart"!! It's tough to feel the days shortening, and I'm glad you got at least one great ride in . . .with maybe a few more to come!
    1813 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1816 days ago
    One word - JEALOUS!!
    1816 days ago
    Sounds like a great ride, glad you could enjoy the last few days of fall before the awful "S" word comes.... SNOW, ugghh.
    1816 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I don't use an alarm clock either & am still waking up at the same time. It WA a nice weekend, but yeah, a bit chilly still for my run sat.

    Right now looks like you might still get another good weekend . . .
    1816 days ago
    Glad you got some nice biking weather this weekend. Hope it lasts for you.

    I love that poster and would like to steal it! Would you be able to send it to me in an email, or do you have a website where I can find it?
    1816 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds like you had a super time. Hope you have more of those days before winter takes hold.
    1816 days ago
    wow...what a view! glad you could squeeze a little more cycling time out of the weather. as for it being a tough ride, you can feel all the more accomplished for rising to the challenge!
    1816 days ago
    What a beautiful day and a beautiful venue for your bike ride! Sounds like you had a wonderful day.
    1817 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    emoticon -Great weekend I loved the photo and especially the benefits of the bike!
    1817 days ago
    WOW! what a cycling warrior!!! I wanna' be like you when I grow up!

    Oh yes, you are wise
    But it's wisdom born of pain
    Yes, you've paid the price
    But look how much you've gained
    If you have to
    You can do anything
    You are strong (strong)
    You are invincible (invincible)
    You are Sparkman!!!

    I LOVE that poster too. Thanks for sharing your love of bicycling and the joy of today's adventure, it is indeed infectious.
    1817 days ago
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