Saturday All-Day Group RUSA Ride
Not too long ago I did a 100-mile ride along the Delaware with Mary F. At that time we agreed to do a 300k ride together on July 13th (today). The two of us parked our cars at Cavallo Park in Lambertville by the canal tow path around 4:45 AM and got over to the Wawa in New Hope for the start of the ride at 5:20 AM. As a result there was not much riding in the dark before the ride. There ended up being some at the end of the ride.
The weather was pretty good for a long ride. There was sun out most of the day, and the high temp around 2 PM was 89 degrees. Neither Mary nor I wanted to push the pace or rush through the rest stops. I was more interested in staying hydrated and not getting too tired. I had crashed on my bike on Tuesday and ridden a 300k hilly route on Thursday. I wasn’t actually in top form for this ride. I was hoping to have fun and get another 300k of miles toward the K-Hound award.
I was riding my CX bike which has a 24-38 on the front and a 12-30 on the back. So my smallest gear for climbing was a 24×30. It worked out beautifully including at the top of one climb that had an extended 20% grade according to Mary. She walked that part.
Mary proved to be a real trooper today. She only walked parts of a few climbs. She had a little spill at mile 84 when she did not notice the railroad tracks crossing the road at a nasty angle. As a result she fell on her rear derailleur which got pressed into the spokes of her rear wheel. Most of the bending that occurred was of the derailleur hanger. I was able to bend it back out to pretty close to normal. Unfortunately the derailleur is one of those electrical Di2 models and when Mary tried to shift her rear derailleur it wasn’t moving. She was stuck in a 13T or 14T initially. She was concerned it would be a problem on the hills on the return trip. 5 miles later we pulled over under a shade tree and got out her wrench kit so I could see how far the derailleur could be adjusted to an easier gear. To our great surprise the derailleur would hold on a 17T cog (maybe 5th gear out of 11?). She felt much better. Then about 10 miles later something really nice happened. Her derailleur started to shift again. So thereafter she had access to her first gear.
Don’t know when Mary got home. But I rolled into the driveway a little after midnight. Quite tired. And really looking forward to a nice hot shower and getting into bed. Definitely was a long day.
Click on the map below to see the recording I did of today’s ride and have uploaded to RWGPS.
Thursday All-Day Solo RUSA Ride
I finally got around to doing one of my longer perms today. There were thunderstorms and flooding in the forecast for late afternoon into early evening. So I got up at 1 AM to head over to New Hope and start my ride extra early this morning. According to the ride file I didn’t get started on the ride until 2:51 AM. So I had at least a few hours of riding in the dark. My recollection is I knocked off 42 miles before sunrise.
The sketch route I created when getting this route approved as a RUSA perm said the elevation gain was somewhere just shy of 9000 feet of climbing. I recorded the route on my GPS today and it came to over 12000 feet of climbing. Definitely more than I had originally thought I was signing up for. However, my bike has a 24-tooth chainring on it and a 30 on the back. There really is not a hill out there that is too steep for me. I just have to take it at my own pace – slow!
I completed 100 miles or so of the ride today before getting wet. I got poured on 5 times during the ride. The last one – the one that got me along the Schuylkill River Trail and up through the suburbs of Philadelphia was definitely the worst. Even had a few light-ups of lightning on that one. The roads got very flooded. I had to ride with all my lights on to be safe.
There were three road closures on this ride. The first two were not too bad. Number one was easy to avoid by just take a parallel road barely off-course. It was not too far before the third controle. Number two was on a road heading for the fifth controle in Kutztown. I just ignored the sign and kept riding. The road was dug up, no workers around, and it was easy to ride my bike through it.
Number three was more involved. The bridge was out at the Unami Creek on PA-63. Supposedly it’s going to be out for a while. So at mile 114.3 I backtracked and followed detour signs. When I came to the intersection with Upper Ridge Rd there was a guy blocking traffic. Some goof driving a pickup truck had gone off road and taken out a telephone pole that had tons of wires attached to it. The guy intially didn’t want to let me pass. I gave him my story and he reluctantly let me go. A half mile up the road I needed to take a left onto Perkiomen Rd. The two people there blocking traffic told me there were lots of hills ahead if I made a left. I told them PA-63 had hills, too.
At mile 172.5 I crossed PA-132. At this point I had been riding through many flooded roads, but none were super deep. This all changed just after I crossed PA-132 in Davisville. A car had tried to go through the “puddle,” but stalled out because the water was too deep. But this time I was soaked through to the skin and I did not mind water at all. Turns out the “puddle” was so deep that it came up to above the bottom bracket on my bike. I had to get out of the saddle to keep pedaling forward. But I made it.
The ride was hilly enough and wet enough that I did not get to enjoy many of the downhills. My brakes don’t work so well when the bike gets wet.
Click on the map below to see the recording of today’s ride that I’ve uploaded to RWGPS. This ride put me past the 8000k mark toward the K-Hound award.
Tuesday Morning Solo RUSA Ride
Got back yesterday around 7 PM from my trip to WV. Had fun. Ate well. Lots of driving time. Legs were a little stiff when I started the ride this morning. Was out on the CX bike. Departed around 7 AM. Chose to do some tow paths today. Also, wanted to figure out where I can park my car for tomorrow’s ride that departs from New Hope, PA. Figured out on the ride today that it’s best to park in downtown Lambertville on one of the streets there. Not really any place on the Pennsylvania side of the river to park if I plan to get back to the car after dark.
There were some puddles on the tow paths today. Must have had some rain in NJ while I was gone? They were no too bad, though. My only problem today on the ride was after I finished at the Wawa on Alexander Street on the way home I took a spill in front of the Theological Institute. I was not paying close attention to my speed and the turn I was going to make, and as a result I had to lay the bike down in the corner. Oops! My left hip is now bruised and sore. Bummer.
Click on the map below to see a recording of today’s ride. The route was about 4 miles longer than it needed to be.
Friday Morning Solo RUSA Ride
Not too hot, but not too cold. An early morning ride over to Freehold and back this morning was a wonderful idea. Didn’t see anyone I knew on this ride. I was riding my CX bike again. I’m kinda burned out on riding. As a result, it’s timely that I’m heading down to WV for a few days and I’m not bringing a bike along.
When I get home next week I will begin my final push to hit 10,000 km for the year BEFORE the end of July. Most of the rides will exceed 200k each. Hopefully I will be able to handle the heat during the days.
Click on the map below to see the recording of my ride today.
Wednesday Morning Solo RUSA Ride
It was a very pleasant morning for a bike ride. I got out of the house right about the time it got light enough to ride without a light. Decided to do the Easy Peasy route yet again. Rode the CX bike and felt kind of good being on it. I’ve taken the last two days off from riding. So I guess I should have felt pretty good.
There was cloud cover for most of the time I was out. Therefore, I didn’t get too much sun coming down on me. I only used one water bottle today. Another sign that the temp was not all that hot.
After the ride I headed up to the club in Rocky Hill to sit in the hot tub and do a few laps of swim and kick.
Click on the map below to see the recording of today’s ride.
Sunday Morning Group RUSA Ride
Mary F agreed to meet me in Morrisville, PA this morning at 6 AM for my 100-mile perm that goes from Morrisville up the Delaware River to Easton, PA, and back. It was a beautiful morning, or day, for a ride. We pretty much stuck to the planned route. We headed off-course to see two covered bridges and the suspension bridge over the Delaware River at Reigelsville.
Mary was very pleased with the ride time we managed. I was just pleased with getting the ride over with since this was my fifth day in a row in the saddle. My rump was sore.
When I got home I made a nice smoothie from bananas, blueberries, heavy cream, and whole milk. Also, I cut up a watermelon I purchased yesterday. Nice refreshments. I hit 7500 km of RUSA miles today, the last day of June.
Click on the map below to see Mary’s recording of the ride.
Saturday Morning Solo Bike Ride
Finally got out of the house this morning around 6 AM. It was another hot day for a ride. I didn’t really want to do another metric century ride. And I wasn’t up to doing one on the fixed gear in any event. Pulled the CX bike out and headed over to the 7-Eleven on Nassau St for a start. Shortly into the ride I ran into Mary F and Paul S who were doing a metric century perm ride. I tagged along with them for about 13 or 14 miles before I branched off and did my own thing. Kept my ride down to around 41 miles total. More than enough to keep me happy.
Mary and I discussed doing one of my perm rides tomorrow out of Morrisville, PA. It’ll be a 100-miler up to Easton and back. If I’m successful on that ride I’ll hit 7500 km of RUSA miles for the year. Tomorrow is supposed to not get all that hot. So it should be a good day for a somewhat long ride.
Click on the map below to see the recording of my ride today.