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Popcorn + Water Works

Monday, May 31st, 2010

On Saturday, David from http://fatguy.org came up from the Louisville area to ride with me. We rode 63 mile, in two separate rides: one out in the Popcorn Road area, and the other the Water Works route that I do fairly frequently. It was a hot day, with high temps around 90 degrees F, and as one of the first hot rides of the year, the heat was getting to us a bit. But we drank lots of water, and took our time, and didn’t really have problems. David is a strong rider and rode very well, even though he was riding his Long Haul Trucker with front and rear racks and fenders, and two panniers, and 700x40mm tires … while I was on my more svelte Bianchi Imola. I could have ridden my LHT to be fairer to him, but I wanted to get some more miles in on the Bianchi.

A few noteworthy moments stand out:

  • David emerging from a convenience store holding a whole gallon of water, all of which disappeared into our water bottles or was immediately consumed.
  • At another gas station, speaking with a couple, he on a motorcycle and she on motor-tricycle, about our respective rides.
  • Finding a new viewpoint overlooking the Victor-Oolitic Stone Company limestone quarry
  • Watching turkey vultures soar overhead
  • A couple of deer sightings
  • Going what I described as “off-course a little, just about three miles” to a water stop. Along the way, we realized the entire three-mile section was downhill. This meant of course that we’d have a three-mile climb on the way back. Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as we’d imagined.
  • Riding on roads flanked by tall grasses on both sides

Here are some photos for our ride. David also has some good shots in his writeup.

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3 Responses to “Popcorn + Water Works”

  1. Redbike Says:

    We’ve only had the one hot day this year here in England. We could really do with another so that I can get rid of my cyclist tan lines. I have two white patches on the back of my hands from my gloves and a line across your forehead from my helmet. Without my cycling clobber on these tan lines look really odd!

  2. furiousball Says:

    the blues in all of these shots are amazing. what a perfect sky! love the quarry

  3. David Crowell Says:

    Thanks for hosting Michael!

    Redbike:
    I have sunburn on the top of my feet from wearing sandals. It’s not stopping me from wearing sandals though. I live with the goofy tan lines.

    Furiousball:
    It was a beautiful, if hot, day. That was the best view of a quarry I’d every had.

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