Kelly the Culinarian: A perfect day for a ride

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A perfect day for a ride

This morning, I got up early to meet up with a set of lovely ladies for a ride through Lake County. Kim mapped out a route that took Erin and I through paved trails and a little bit of crushed limestone. It was picturesque - we saw several families of deer and I snagged this photo when I stopped to use the bathroom before we met up.


Also, I've never seen a port-o-potty with a flushing toilet and running water, but that was a nice surprise this morning. Things are classy up north.

We ended up biking almost 34 miles this morning, but I'm not able to upload the data to my computer. I broke the ANT+ stick for my laptop that connects to my Garmin.  I snapped it in half, so there's no fixing it. The $32 (yikes) replacement I bought on Amazon should be here tomorrow.
I think my eyes are closed in this photo. Sad.  Anyhow, this was a great training ride for next weekend's Venus de Miles ride, which will be half of my Put on my BGP Weekend. We cycled in the area of the course and I got to see how my bike performs on crushed limestone, which is not great, in case you were curious. It was especially scary on the downhills where it was sandy. I never bailed off the bike, but I got close to eating gravel as a result. Also, towards the end of the ride, my bike started shifting gears on its own. I think I need to get in there and clean up the gears before the ride next weekend, but I have no clue what I need to do to get ready for this ride, equipment wise.

What do you do to your bike to get ready for a long ride?

5 comments:

kilax said...

Aww! I love your deer pic!

Sorry the route was crushed limestone. I always forget the North Shore path is like that. I will research better next time.

I wonder what is going on with your bike! Maybe you need to wash it to get all that crushed limestone off. HA HA HA HA HA :) :) :) Wash... your bike? :P

Kelly Janowski said...

HA, I hear it's really tough to wash a bike ... Gotta get on that.

The route was cool, I'm glad we did it. Thanks again for planning it all!

Erin said...

I wish I knew more about bikes so I could help!

Either way, it was super fun to ride together. Looking forward to Sunday! Hope you don't mind if I crash your tutu party :-)

Kelly Janowski said...

I'm looking forward to it!

Unknown said...

I recently dug out my old bike from the garage and it's now my mission to bike at least once before summer ends!