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Meeting a goal for June; Hobbieville Ride

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

I met the main cycling goal I had set for myself for June: to ride over 400 miles for the month. I ended up riding a bit over 410 miles. I would have had more, but I had a migraine or something like it on Saturday, and didn’t ride that day.

I was planning on riding on the road one day this weekend and mountain biking the other day, but since I didn’t get to ride on Saturday, I ended up scrapping mountain biking in favor of a long road ride on Sunday. I’ve been digging road riding more recently, although my interest seems to alternate between the two.

It took me a while to figure out what route to ride. I ended up settling on the Hobbieville Ride, which is a Bloomington Bicycle Club route, although I was riding solo. The length was about what I had in mind (it says 46.05 miles on that Routeslip route), and it goes through an area where I hadn’t ridden before. It looked like a lot of fun. I posted a video at the end of this post, scroll down to watch it.

Unfortunately, I did not adequately compare the cue sheet with the map, and had some problems. The cue sheet doesn’t indicate that Church Lane changes into Victor Pike almost immediately. I figured I was going the right way (and I was), but it was a little unsettling. Victor Pike was pretty interesting, it went through some industrial and farm areas, and then had a big climb up to a Victor Oolitic Stone Company limestone quarry. Even though we have hundreds of quarries around here, they always fascinate me, as they look like their own small worlds, almost like stumbling upon a forgotten city. I knew I was at quite a high elevation and got a glimpse of what looked like a good view, but it was obstructed by some huge stones. I stopped to see if I could get around the stones or climb on them. I was able to simply walk around, and I was greeted with this view (click to see other sizes):

Victor Oolitic Stone Company limestone quarry

Another problem I had was that a lot of streets had no signs, so I had a lot of difficulty figuring out which way to go at a couple of different times. In particular, I went the wrong way on Rockport Road. Actually, I made a mistake I often make — I went the right way, second-guessed my instincts, and went back the other way. I ended up calling Sarah to have her double check the map. She confirmed my suspicion that I had gone the right way the first time. My mistake added about six miles to my ride.

I went by the fire station that houses the Indian Creek Fire Fighters, and the Indian Creek Community Park. I stopped at the park to rest and see if I could find a water source to refill my water bottles (I didn’t). On a side note, I just found this page about a township trustee who has been trying to shut down the fire department. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty pissed off if an official I elected decided it’d be a good idea to shut down the fire department and contract the work to a further department with a 20-minute response time (instead of 6 minutes).

The route took me across a bunch of farms on some pretty crummy roads. It was pretty, but not as pretty as my rides near Morgan-Monroe State Forest. However, people in this area were extremely bicycle-friendly. Not only did I not have trouble with cars, I got a lot of waves, smiles, nods, and even a couple of thumbs-up!

On State Road 54, I passed an awesome tiny library, the Eastern Branch of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library. I wanted to take a photo, but I didn’t really have time, and I didn’t want to stop. But I thought of Sarah and made sure to tell her about it when I got home. Maybe she can get a job there.

I found myself on State Road 43 for a stretch, with a fun descent, numerous climbs, and a sighting of some kind of squirrel-like rodent that I think might have been a groundhog. I’m not sure. I rode into the wind from this point until I got home, approximately the last 10 miles of the ride. I made yet another mistake and missed one of the signs to stay on 43, going straight instead of turning left. I climbed a bunch more hills, finally finding a place to refill my water bottles — a tire shop that was closed, but had a vending machine.

My missed turn had further repercussions, as I ended up having to ride back on State Road 45, which isn’t bad on the east side of town. But where I was, it was a 2-lane, busy road with speed limits around 50 mph, with no shoulder. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but I did OK. As I rode along, though, into the wind, I could feel the rear end of my bike moving laterally a bit with the wind gusts, and realized that the pressure in my rear tire was very low. I stopped to fix it.

I pumped up the tire as much as I could with my mini pump (which, I discovered, sucks) to see if I could find a leak. It seemed to be mostly holding air at this point, so I decided to go ahead and ride on it. It had a leak, but a slow one. I rode a few more harrowing miles on 45, got into town, and followed my usual commute route home.

I haven’t investigated the leak further. I need to do that tonight. I think I’m going to buy some replacement tires. I may or may not need them yet, but I do think these tires are getting pretty worn, with over 1300 miles on them.

7 Responses to “Meeting a goal for June; Hobbieville Ride”

  1. furiousBall Says:

    410 miles is awesome dude. that quarry is really cool looking.

  2. Dan Says:

    That’s a nice ride. Who’s the artist for the music?

  3. Apertome Says:

    Dan, that’s Sam Bush playing “On The Road” by John Hartford.

  4. John Says:

    Ha! We’re getting pretty good at this aren’t we. What program are you using? I do mine on Windows Movie Maker. Came free with the new puter.

    Very nice. Oh, and stop setting mileage goals. It’ll drive you nuts whenever it rains or you feel tired or whatever.

    I’m getting all my music free with Utorrent BTW. It’s a good program. Much better than Bit Torrent and Limewire.

    Good stuff.

  5. Marty Says:

    Sound like an exciting ride – flats, quarries, harrowing wrong turns! Seriously, I know what you mean about the second-guessing. I do the same thing and always admonish myself later for not just following my instincts.

    Oh, and that article about the fire station is amazing. That trustee sounds like a psycho!

  6. Apertome Says:

    John: Indeed, we are getting pretty good. I used a program called ProShow Producer for this. I’m still working on settling on a program, but that one seems pretty good. I don’t set a lot of mileage goals, but when I hit 393 at the end of May, I knew I could hit 400 in June without a problem. I was right, but if I hadn’t consciously tried to do it, I might not have. Sometimes it’s nice to have something to shoot for.

    Marty: Yeah, it was an exciting ride — especially in hindsight. It’s one of those that I appreciate a lot more now that it’s over than I did while I was riding.

  7. Ear to the Breeze » Blog Archive » Limestone Tour Says:

    […] rode on Victor Pike once before when I did the Hobbieville Ride back in July. It’s a hilly road with some great views from hilltops and some pretty difficult […]

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