Thursday, August 09, 2012
Nothing is more fun to me than a day on my bike. Especially when it's a day of just riding around town, exploring and making up a route as I go. That's what I did yesterday and, of course, had a blast.
I'm up in the Green Bay, WI area, where we used to live. My kids live up here and I was feeling the "Mommy" urge to spend time with them. So, Monday morning I jumped in my car and drove 15 hours to get here. It's a crappy, boring drive, but the payoff is well worth it! An added bonus is getting to ride my bike with all of my old friends.
We own a business up here, so my husband makes a lot of trips. For the last few years, we were mooching off of friends and staying at their houses. This spring, we decided to rent a small apartment to make things a little easier and not lose any friends. lol. I love where I live in Tennessee, but I like coming up here, too. (In the summer) Everything is so familiar, like an old comfortable pair of shoes. I was not born and raised in this area of Wisconsin, but this is where I say I'm from. I fit here! (Except for in the winter!)
So, back to yesterday...
I left our apartment in DePere on my bike at about 1pm. (DePere is a suburb of Green Bay.) I crossed the Fox River and headed towards the East River Trail. I avoided the Fox River Trail because I'm too cheap to purchase a trail pass! It was a beautiful day, sunny and around 80 degrees. The East River Trail winds along the river and goes in and out of wooded areas, over bridges and through parks. It does need some maintenance, but it's still my favorite. I was surprised to find that they added onto it since the last time I rode it. It starts in DePere, which is south of Green Bay, and travels all the way to the north side of Green Bay.
While I was rolling along, I decided to go visit my friends, Dave and Cathy. They live near the Bay of Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I wasn't sure if they'd be home, but I thought if they weren't I'd hit Culver's for some frozen custard. Well, they saved me the un-needed calories by being home. We had a nice visit and shared the latest gossip. I mentioned to Dave that I was meeting two other friends for a ride at 4pm. He decided to join us.
So, we hit the road and met Sharon and Pat at Mackinaw's. The club was having an organized bike ride at 6pm, but we decided to meet for a pre-ride at 4. When I lived here, we did this all the time. So, it was like old times. We headed east, into the wind, and rode some nice country roads just outside of town.
We returned to the restaurant and the rest of the club members were congregating for the ride. There were about 25 people for the ride, which was a slow paced, social ride, followed by dinner. It was so nice to catch up with everyone. This is a group that really likes to have fun. I learned a lot about being a kid again from these people. I owe them a lot. They are truly good friends.
My husband came to have dinner with us and do his own catching up. He's not a bicyclist and has to put up with my obsession. Poor guy!
All in all, it was a great day! Ended with 58.7 miles. I had no idea I was going to meander that far. It just happened.
Today, I meet up with son#2 for dinner and I'm trying to come up with something fun for all of us to do on Saturday. (Too bad they don't bike!)