Sunday, May 21, 2006

Nice weekend double

Finally the rain has mostly left us (apparently it's on an extended visit to New England now), and some almost springy temperatures made Saturday a good day for a ride. I wandered North, eventually making it up to New Era, and then rolled home on the bike path for a decent 30 miler. It was my first time this year climbing the New Era hill; didn't feel too bad.

Saturday night some rain accompanied a cold front, and Sunday was barely above 50, albeit nice and sunny. I drove down to Holland to ride with a group from VeloCity, in the oddly-named Pineapple Bob ride. A distinguishing feature of this ride is that dirt and gravel roads, the sort that skinny-tire folks usually avoid like the plague, are intentionally included, in an homage to a cyclocross racer who appeared in old Bridgestone Bicycle ads. They're nothing a road bike can't handle, though - rough, but not to the point of being washboarded or potholed. We only had one flat over the whole ride, between a dozen riders. It was another 30 mile day, and concluded with chips and salsa at the shop.

The weather for the rest of the week looks great - gotta get some miles in. I might join up with the Thursday group from Rock N' Road in Grand Haven; group rides are too much fun.


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