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So much fun, I did it again

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

I had so much fun riding around Lake Lemon on Tuesday that I did it again last night. Sarah had to work late again, and it was the Summer Solstice, so it was an ideal time to do it. It was hot, but not too bad.

I was a little nervous about my glueless patch, but I think Velocipete is right: I might as well keep riding, and just patch again if I have a problem. I didn’t have any problems with the patch last night.

The route I rode was modified a bit from my original route around Lake Lemon. Here’s the new route. I took Mount Gilead Road instead of State Road 45 for part of it, which adds a big descent, followed by a big climb. Unfortunately, I got stuck behind a truck with a trailer filled with bales of hay during the descent.

Stuck behind a truck hauling hay
It figures I’d get stuck behind this guy.

He was moving pretty slowly, so I didn’t get to ride the descent at full speed. I probably could have passed him, but I wasn’t about to try it. He turned off before the climb, not that that would have mattered because I climb that hill at about 6 mph anyway. After the climb, the road curves around a bit, and I saw a bird singing on an electrical wire. I got Tim Hardin’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a wire” stuck in my head.

I had to backtrack slightly to get to Tunnel Road, but it wasn’t a problem. I enjoyed the descent down to Lake Lemon on South Shore Drive. I took a small video while riding, simply holding my digital camera in my hand in movie mode, but it won’t play on my computer, and my YouTube upload failed. I think my camera uses a weird codec. It worked with Google Video, though, so here you go:

North Shore Drive was fun again, and I took photos of a couple of things I didn’t before.

Like a movie set Alongside the water

The first one I think looks like a movie set. The second, with the trailers/shacks by the river, looks like a scene out of the Vietcong video game.

Once again, I had to walk part of one hill on North Shore Drive. I read somewhere that it reaches 20% grade. If I can get strong enough to pedal up it just a little longer, I’ll be able to make it. It’s steep, but not a very long climb.

I really enjoy riding in that area. It’s just really beautiful out there, and there are a lot of different ways you can go. It’s also not far from Morgan-Monroe State Forest, which I also like a lot. There were a couple of scenes I had to capture along Anderson Road.

Anderson Panorama

Barn and tree Do not cross when flooded

Pleasant View Cemetery Handlebars

The tree/barn shot I took with Sarah in mind. She has a thing for photos involving a single tree, and while this isn’t quite that, it captures the spirit of what she’s talking about, I think.

I messed up and missed the Bethel Road turn on my way back. I was going to ride across Lake Griffy, which is always fun, and adds another big descent and climb to the ride. My legs are a bit sore anyway, so I probably didn’t need that extra climb.

Instead, I ended up riding Old 37 a little longer and rode through Cascades Park. I would have taken some photos there, it’s a pretty place where Sarah and I have spent some time, but it was getting a little too dark to take photos at that point.

Patching my inner tube, and a “ride-through”

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I patched my inner tube last night. The flat seemed to have been caused by a small glass shard I rode over, which was still embedded in the tire. I removed it. The inside of the tire feels smooth, so I’m hoping it’s OK.

I really don’t have a lot of confidence in my patch job — I used a glueless patch, and it seems to be holding for now, but I think it might be leaking slowly. It’s really hard to tell. I think I’ll probably replace the tube tonight just to be sure, and get some glue-type patches for future flats. Everything I’ve read says the gluey patches work better. Of course, I didn’t bother reading that stuff before I bought the glueless kind.

I usually make coffee at night and chill it in a pitcher, since I like iced coffee. I make enough for several days. However, I forgot I was out of coffee and didn’t make any last night. So I ended up going through the Starbucks drive-through (which I’m now calling a “ride-through”) on my bike on my way to work this morning. They were really cool about it and said they hadn’t had any cyclists ride through for a while. They didn’t even know that a type of mug they carry fits in a water bottle cage, and were interested to learn that.

Riding around Lake Lemon, and a flat tire

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I rode around Lake Lemon last night, which I have wanted to do for a while (see the Bikely Route here). I had ridden on South Shore Drive, which goes along the south side of the lake and across it on a causeway, several times (see this post), but hadn’t ridden North Shore Drive yet.

It felt great to ride — I hadn’t had a real ride since Saturday morning, and my road mileage has been weak lately. I love mountain biking, but I’ve been missing road rides, and they also tend to help my fitness level more. It helps that it was a beautiful evening, it rained earlier in the day and was a bit cooler as a result.

I brought my camera, but mostly only took photos of parts where I hadn’t ridden before — except these four shots.

Tunnel Road Barn

Lake Lemon near Little Africa Loveland Farms Sausage Shack

The first two are on Tunnel Road, which takes you to Riddle Point Park, or to South Shore Drive. The last two are Lake Lemon from near the Little Africa Wildlife Viewing Area, and the Loveland Farms Sausage Shack. I’ve never ridden by the sausage shack when it was open. Hopefully someday I will and I can get some sausage.

North Shore Drive was a lot of fun, it’s hillier than South Shore, but still fairly easy for the most part — although there was one hill where I walked a short portion. It wasn’t a long hill, but it was pretty steep. It’s one of only a couple of hills in the area where I’ve had to walk. Usually, I can spin my way up almost anything, but it just got a little too steep for me. Maybe next time I’ll make it. You can’t actually see the lake from most of North Shore Drive, but it’s still pretty scenic.

State Road 45 View Knob Hill

Crops Distant II

The ride back from North Shore Drive was pretty as well. In hindsight, I probably should have ridden across Lake Griffy on my way back, as I was pretty close to it.

Silo Barn and Shed

Anderson Road

This morning, I got ready and was about to ride to work when I found my rear tire was flat. I pumped it up to see if I could find a leak, and I did find a slow leak and something embedded in my tire. It must have happened at some point on my ride last night, and I didn’t notice because it was only leaking slowly. I didn’t have time to fix it; instead, I changed my clothes and drove to work. I’ll have to deal with the flat tire tonight. If there’s any doubt, I’ll probably replace the tire as well as the tube, as the tires I have (Kenda Kontenders) are the ones that came with my bicycle, and I don’t think they’re that great anyway. Does anyone have suggestions for a good tire, just in case?

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