Ten Little U-Turns


What a great day playing hide and seek with the Chesapeake. Unfortunately, we did have a couple of casualties- a fall (Erica’s okay thank goodness, but we’re not so sure about the dog) and an early mechanical caused Isaias to spend half the day wandering and waiting instead of riding. Thankyou to Ramble veterans Isaias, Dave, Tiffany and Erica and to the new faces Kathryn (visiting from Boston!), Janet, John, Dave, Jose and Tom.
Below is Dave’s report from his blog bikesncoffee


At long last I have something to write about! The Rando Ramble series has been on my to-do list for many months now. The Monument to Monument ramble came and went with me being out of shape and totally unprepared… Then there was the Chesapeake Bay ramble which I felt kind of ready for, but crashed and cut the dickens out of my ankle the day before… I haven’t been on a century ride this year, but I did push myself 54 miles on the east shore at close to 17 mph and logged over 800 miles since July. The question became “If I wasn’t ready for a long ride now, when?

I took off from home a little after 7am and was and was right to do so. I got lost 3 or 4 times downtown in Federal Hill trying to take ‘shortcuts’ to Ft. McHenry. We pushed off with a group of around 10 riders a little after 8 and started visiting multiple points along the waterfront – all of which Bob has already done more justice in describing on his site than I could do or remember so read it here… There were several parts of the ride that were glass or cobblestone strewn, but I didn’t really notice. That’s the bright side of running Schwalbe 35′s. The dark side is the little cluster of insignificant hills I was fighting my way up around mile 85.

 At mile 49 we stopped for lunch at the Island View Restaurant and Cafe, which seemed strangely deserted for such a beautiful day. I guess everyone was watching the game. The Chicken & Dumplings special looked good, but I opted for something a little less covered in gravy so I could concentrate on riding rather than digesting lunch all afternoon. Even before eating I was a little concerned about my afternoon pace because I normally go out and push through rides with no breaks. I wasn’t sure how I’d react to riding more after sitting in a chair for 1 hour, but it all worked out for the best.

We visited a few more points, took a few breaks along the way and by 4:30-5 (?) we were on our way back into town. That was about when I hit my only rough patch for the day. Before we were far enough back that I could use visual cues to figure out where I was I had trouble with feeling worn out and trying to keep up. All of the stress seemed to pass and I got my second wind after sighting the city and knowing where I was again.

2 Victory Pilsners and 3 plates of nachos at Little Havana was the perfect end to the day. A few miles up Calvert St. and we were home just a little after dark.

Final stats for the day
time in the saddle – 7:15’36″ | miles – 113.22 | average 15.5
(If I knew at the time how close I came to riding 200k {124.5mi} I would have looped around the neighborhood 5 times when I got home)

I feel pretty good the next day, but it’ll be Tuesday before I take a lunch ride or the extended route home from work.

Bob, Dave, Isaias, and everyone else, thanks again for putting on a great ride with a very scenic and well thought out route.


Dave has a great set of pics on his flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649


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long distance bike rider
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