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Ride to Stanford, with friends

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I haven’t done a lot of epic riding this year, but my riding has been more social. Sunday continued that trend, with a short (25-mile) but hilly ride west of town, to Stanford, Indiana. This is becoming one of my favorite routes, and this time, I got to share it with friends. Dave G and Doug joined me. Dave and I ride together a lot, but I had only ridden with Doug a couple of times before.

I wasn’t sure what kind of bike Doug would be riding. He showed up on a Schwinn Voyageur SP, in an excellent commuting/touring configuration, complete with fenders, racks, and downtube shifters. Like me, he commutes by bicycle year-round. This is the kind of bicycle my Long Haul Trucker is patterned after, so I enjoyed seeing Doug’s bike. Oh yeah … he also wore clipless sandals. A good choice.

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It was a very humid morning, but fortunately, for most of ride, it wasn’t extremely hot. Just really muggy, and a bit hazy, but the humidity was bad enough to keep us sweating buckets.

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This next shot typifies the scenery: haze and plentiful rollers. At one point, we commented that Tim would not have been happy with all the rollers.

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One road claimed to be “closed,” but we got through the construction zone quite easily on bicycles.

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I saw the bluish-purple wildflowers all over the place during the ride. I’m not sure what they are, so if anyone can help me identify them, that would be great.

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Here’s one of my favorite views, with quite a bit of haze. By the time we climbed up on this ridge, the sun had come out in full force and we were just boiling in the heat.

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This was a fun ride, with good company, and I still had much of the day left for other activities (mostly just beating the heat). Good times!

6 Responses to “Ride to Stanford, with friends”

  1. Steve A Says:

    Red fences are even cooler than white ones!

  2. Chandra Says:

    Riding can be a lot of fun, especially when you ride with your buddies!
    Glad to note you guys had fun!!

    Peace 🙂

  3. Asher Says:

    I think (maybe) the flowers in question are a species of cornflower (of ‘cornflower blue’ fame). I love the way they seem to glow in shade or in evening light. I’ll try to remember to double-check with my Mom, who is rather well-versed in the ways of the plant kingdom 🙂

  4. robert Says:

    Nice looking ride – I love those beat down looking cement roads. I rocked clipless sandals for years until they fell apart; loved em, though eventually I gave up on clips so I could just use any sandals 🙂

  5. Tim Says:

    #1 Asher is correct. Cornflowers. #2 I would say that I would hate the rollers 90% of the time, except for those good days. #3 I would love the social riding regardless.

  6. Pondero Says:

    It is easy to see why that is one of your favorite routes. There are plenty of “no-stripe” roads out there. Nice adjustment to the intense heat lately.

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