Saturday found me riding on the road with Dan of the excellent Dan On Bike blog (here is Dan’s write-up of our ride). Dan e-mailed me a while back saying he was going to be in the Bloomington area for the extended Thanksgiving weekend and asked about routes. I offered to give him the local’s tour and he accepted. I figured riding around Lake Lemon would make for a good route.
We met in the Unionville Elementary School parking lot. I just rode to the meeting place, since it was close enough and part of one of my regular routes anyway. We both arrived a few minutes late; Dan was apologetic but I literally beat him there by about a minute, so it was perfect timing.
It took a few minutes for us to get settled into a pace, but once we did we found a great conversational pace. It was slower than I would normally ride, but I usually ride alone so there’s no real point in keeping it conversational. I really enjoyed having a more leisurely ride. We took Tunnel Road over from 45 and then flew down the big hill on South Shore. We followed the lake for a while and rode across it on the causeway, which is always fun. We stopped and Dan took a few photos. In hindsight maybe some more photo stops would have been good, because I sure didn’t take many and most of mine didn’t turn out too well.
It was really cool to meet a fellow cyclist blogger, and Dan is a really cool guy. We both work in computer-related fields so we talked about our education and computing history and some geeky stuff like zip codes, DNS, and estimating the value of barns. But we also talked about other cyclist bloggers, in particular Noah (KC-Bike), Doug (MnBicycleCommuter) and others. Noah helped Dan with some DNS issues and Doug has recommended some pretty impressive Lake boots. Both have a wealth of cycling information on their sites so you should check them out if you haven’t already.
Once we crossed the lake on South Shore, we headed up to North Shore to go back. While South Shore is pretty flat, we got some good hills on North Shore. It starts out with a few rolling hills but also has a couple of good climbs. Since he’s from Lafayette, which is very flat, I knew Dan was a bit nervous about the hills, but he did a great job. He only walked one and it’s one I’ve walked many times myself. Nothing to be ashamed of there.
Dan riding up a big hill
Once we got around the lake, we still had a ways to go on Anderson Lane and then up Old State Road 37. We stopped for a couple more photos and turned on our rear lights.
View from Old 37
Looking down on part of a long climb
Before long it got dark but Dan was a good sport and was well prepared to deal with it. We turned on our lights and kept riding. I know some riders who freak out if it gets dark, but not Dan. He was comfortable with it, and I’m glad he was because otherwise I would have felt bad about it.
We rode back to the school and Dan suggested a group shot — something I had intended to do but forgot about. His flash didn’t fire for some reason but it turned out to be a cool photo. I’ve ripped this off from him.
Apertome and Dan (photo ripped off from Dan’s flickr page)