I truly had an busy, yet enjoyable weekend. I rode my bike a fair amount, ate too much, and drank beer. What’s not to like?
I got up early on Saturday to take my daughter to take her SAT test. I dropped her off, then headed over to Tim’s house. We rode two of his mountain bikes. He rode his Redline Monocog, a single-speed 26″-wheeled bike with no suspension. I started out on his Cannondale 29er hardtail.
The Cannondale felt like a truck: big, heavy, and would roll over anything. We later switched bikes and the difference was huge. The Monocog was simplicity itself. No shifting to worry about, and it was easier to just tug around on the trail.
This was only my second time mountain biking, and I managed to stay upright, even if I did run into a small tree and tweak my wrist a little. It was a lot of fun, but quite a bit more tiring than road riding.
I will remain primarily a road-rider, but a mountain bike is on my wish-list.
I had worn cycling tights and a jersey (I needed the rear pockets!) for the mountain bike ride. I had planned to bring a change of clothes, but forgot. I needed to run an errand at the Louisville International Airport… so I walked through the airport wearing the clothes I had ridden in, including the mud splatters.
After picking up my daughter from her SAT test, we needed to stop at Meijer for some shopping and I was still in my cycling garb. I felt like a goof, and did get a few weird looks, but nobody said anything.
Tim came by on Sunday for a 45-miler. We stayed on paved roads, but dove down into the river valley twice, with two climbs to match. There was also a nice descent into a creek bed on Tunnel Mill Road, followed by a short, steep climb.
The weather was absolutely incredible. It made it into the low 70s, not bad at all for November.
The rural area north-east of Charlestown has a number of run down buildings. There are some pictures below.
Tim wrote about it here.
I had a lot of yard work to do, hopefully for the last time this year. I got it done over the weekend, but split it among the two days, so that I still had time for other things on both days.
I only commuted by bike two days last week. This week isn’t looking good either. The first three days of this week I have after-work obligations that require me to have my truck.
I’m not sure what’s going on Thursday yet, but I do intend to ride on Friday, as the RCCS is having another “Beer Run“. I’ll be riding to work, then riding the short-ish RCCS ride, then riding home way too late.
I’ve eaten way too much this weekend. I’m currently stuffed from eating too many brownies. I’ve had pizza twice. I’ve been drinking beer. I can’t keep eating like this!