Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go AWAY!

Brewskies Loop: 21.06 miles
Comments: Ride Time was 1 hour 22 minutes, average speed: 15.3

What an unusual June we are having—we’ve had only 2 days thus far with no rain! It’s hard to set out on a ride when you know you will get wet. It’s easier to take when the rain comes after you have committed to the ride and even then it can be unpleasant if you didn’t bring the rain gear—oops! But tonight we did not worry about rain at all as we biked north towards our favorite pub, Brewskies. They haven’t seen us for a few weeks and had to tease about our riding opportunities of late. What made this ride even more enjoyable is the fact that we are boarding the Amtrak train tomorrow for a 4-day trip to Chicago with our good friends from Winona. This thought must have had something to do with our speed. We pedaled 2 miles faster than our last trip on this loop—I think Dennis is finally getting the hang of it! We soon will be saying good-bye to June and will be praying for less rain in July—bike trips planned for the month will proceed, rain or shine—I prefer SHINE!

Monday, June 7, 2010

North Dover Loop: 20.13 miles
Comments: Ride Time was 1 hour 21 minutes, average speed: 14.7

It’s the unexpected rides that are always a blessing. The weather was beautiful and we had the time for a short ride this evening—and boy were we booking! We biked along CR29 to Dover and then took Hwy 14 into St. Charles for a Chinese supper at the Happy Family restaurant. After eating, we had the hill out of town to climb but the challenge was minimal this fine evening. Rain is in the forecast for the next few days so we were really thankful for this mini-ride opportunity.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Brewskies Loop: 21.21 miles
Comments: Ride Time was 1 hour 35 minutes, average speed: 13.3

It was challenging to get some miles on the tandem this weekend while dodging raindrops and attending graduation parties. Amy and Luke were home for the weekend so we made plans to meet them at Brewskies in Utica for lunch today—we pedaled and they drove. Dennis and I shared a taco pizza, yum! The ride was revitalizing and renewed our enjoyment for biking. We talked of our plans for upcoming bike events as we cranked on down the road. The temperature was in the 70’s and winds were out of the NE and a bit strong at times but it all prepares us for the hills we know we will encounter during our next organized camping ride of the Tri-States.