Friday, November 23, 2012
Getting up this morning was hard. I went to bed at a decent hour but couldn’t get to sleep. It was one of those nights where I didn’t feel like I fell into a deep sleep. Not as bad as some nights where I never feel like I’m sleeping (although I do sleep). I tossed and turned, my right shoulder and arm were in pain. So, when it was time to get up, I wanted to sleep. It was the first morning since we moved into this house that I didn’t want to get up because of the cold temperature inside.
I did get up, got dressed, got ready to go to Sonora for a bike ride. Spoke with Dan, “Are you coming with me today?” His response, “Do you want me to ride then or now?” “Then.” “Ok.”
Had to find the email with the meeting information. Looked up the directions on MapQuest and wrote the directions. Reviewed the map detail for the portion I didn’t know. Ran out to get the car, bike, and gear loaded and took off.
As I got on Phoenix Lake Dr., I began to doubt my memory of the directions. Of course, the paper was in the back seat. Kept going, going. Finally pulled over and found the directions. Looks like my memory was working ok for that. Continued on and there it was just a bit further up the road. Eric was waiting. No Greg.
Pulled in and started getting ready. Felt discombobulated but managed to change shoes and layer up. Then Greg arrived. He got ready and we departed.
“From this direction, we have a small climb and then fairly level with a big downhill into Columbia. There are some section of alligator,” from our leader, Eric. He was right. It was a fun run to Columbia and I learned what ‘alligator’ means. Rough patches of road where the pavement is breaking up and looks like alligator skin. Had to be careful going around some of the curves and over the rough patches.
“I don’t know where we can go for coffee in Columbia.” said Eric. “I do. Patty’s Shack. Its on the main highway at the other end of town.” So, we cycled over and went inside.
“Do you have any pastries?” “No, but we do have desserts.”
We ended up ordering toast, English muffin, and a biscuit to go with the coffee and tea. Don’t know of any other place in town that would work for our purposes next time. Enjoyed our visit as we sat together.
On the ride back, Eric stayed with Greg and me as we climbed up the great descents we’d come down earlier. They were doing better than I. I had to stop twice – once to remove my jacket and the second time to get my heart rate slowed down.
When all was said and done, we’d ridden 22 miles and climbed over 2700’ in 2 hrs 8 min.
This evening I made cookies. Shaped some in large rectangles. Think I can use them as “power bars” on tomorrow’s ride. Made enough to share with everyone.