Nice Sunday Ride

I planned out a 90-mile bike ride for Sunday.  I haven’t been riding enough, and figured this was one way to get back into it.

I didn’t complete the entire route.  I was out of steam at 60 miles.   A friend picked me up outside of Borden and drove me home.

I rode this route:

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This ride was great, and has helped get out of my slump.  I was able to ride into work today also.

I did take some wonderful pictures along the way.

'bent
‘bent
green
green
turtle
turtle
hill
hill
whee!
whee!
cloud
cloud
rolling
rolling
horse
horse
creek
creek
fuzzy
fuzzy

Wind

I’ve been without power since noon on Sunday.  The remnants of hurricane Ike blew through… quite literally.  There was very little rain, but we had wind gusts of 80 MPH.

My back yard wasn't too bad
My back yard wasn’t too bad

My yard didn’t get it nearly as bad as some.

More of my back yard
More of my back yard

My neighbor two houses down got it worse.

My neighbor is a police officer.
My neighbor is a police officer.

At least it’s his work car.

This is the tree that fell on the car
This is the tree that fell on the car

He’ll still have to deal with this tree.

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut

The local Pizza Hut had some roof damage.

 

My entire town is without power.  Many nearby areas don’t have power (including 60% of Louisville).  I’m only able to post this today, because I’m at work.

Great Labor Day Riding

It’s Labor Day, so I didn’t have to work.  My daughter came over this morning, and we headed to Louisville for the Mayor’s Hike and Bike.

Lotsa bikes
Lotsa bikes

We only rode the short route, about 16 miles.  I saw several recumbent bikes, unfortunately, I was on my hybrid.

Lotsa people
Lotsa people

We rode with the last group.  It is the new & family group, the slowest, and the largest group.  I could have went with a faster group, but my daughter would have had trouble keeping up.  It was interesting to ride in this large of a group.  I did have to watch out for young ones weaving around though.  It was crowded.

After I got home, I really wanted to ride more.  So I hopped on my recumbent, and took a 14 mile ride in the country.   It was hilly, and the temperature is in the mid-90s, but I enjoyed the ride.

So I rode a total of 30 miles today.  That’s just a little less than when I commute to work.

 

A Tandem Bike in My Future?

My daughter and I rode our bikes along the Louisville Riverwalk on Sunday.  It was a beautiful day, and she is a bit of a stronger rider than she was last time.

Dawn & Ohio River
Dawn & Ohio River

We had a picnic lunch, enjoyed the ride, and saw other cyclists.  We even saw a guy on a recumbent.  I wasn’t riding my recumbent at the time though.

When we returned back to the Waterfront Park area, we noticed the bike rental shop had tandems.  I have never ridden a tandem, so we decided to give it a try.

The bike was a single-speed, coaster-brake, cruiser style, and needed a little maintenance, but we were able to ride it without too much difficulty.  It was a blast.

So, maybe next year, I will buy a tandem for my daughter and I to ride together on.  It will also be handy if I meet “that special someone” who’s into biking.

It’s Official. I’m Weird.

I’m getting stared at by the neighbors.  Passing motorists point and laugh.  It’s all fun though.

I bought a new bicycle.  It’s a Bacchetta Agio.  It’s a very strange looking bike.  People who ride these are considered weird by other cyclists.  I love it.

The balance is much different on a recumbent bike.  I’m still getting used to it.  I will start commuting to it once I’m not so wobbly at low speed.  I’m still riding my hybrid bike, but have been taking the new bike out in low traffic areas to get used to it.

It has a few drawbacks:

  • Harder climb hills
  • More difficult to haul on my car
  • Larger turning radius
  • Instability at low speed
  • You can’t “bunny hop” it over curbs

On the plus side:

  • A recumbent is faster
  • It’s much more comfortable
  • It’s very attention-getting

This particular bike has disc brakes.  They don’t feel nearly as strong as I thought they would.  They are just different, and shouldn’t be affected by getting wet.

The bike is currently back in the shop getting a rear rack installed, so I can use my panniers on it for commuting.

This is fun!
This is fun!

A Nice Saturday Ride

I convinced my daughter to take a ride with me on Saturday.  We bought her a helmet, and I got a mirror and panniers for my bike.

Now with panniers
Now with panniers

We rode the Louisville Riverwalk, a (mostly) paved trail running along the Ohio River.

Dawn likes her bike
Dawn likes her bike

Our total round-trip ride was about 11 miles. My daughter hasn’t ridden much, and has mild asthma, so it was a leisurely pace. We both enjoyed the trip.

Two similar bikes
Two similar bikes