Monday, August 21, 2006
A ride from you know where
It got hot here again and temps were in the 90s this weekend which made yard work a lot slower and hotter. I took Marshall dog to the river both Saturday and Sunday and I had a hard time getting him to leave. I guess watching me do yard work isn't as fun as chasing other dogs and swimming.
Sunday afternoon I finished making 20 hats for a tribabe.com customer and needed to take them for embroidery. I use a woman who does embroidery out of her home and the trip to her house is 26 miles away round trip. She happens to live on one of our favorite roads for biking so typically Bill will load the hats into a backpack and bike them out to her house. Bill wasn't available on Sunday and I needed a bike ride so I decided to do it myself.
It was about 92 degrees and windy when I left and the backpack full of hats didn't weigh much but it wasn't helping with aerodynamics or heat. I'm sure I looked incredibly goofy riding a time trial bike with a bulging backpack but at least I was getting a ride done. It didn't take long before I found out just how windy it was. I had to lean into the wind to keep my bike from swerving into the road and the route heads straight into farming territory where the fields have just been plowed so dust was blowing across the roads and into my lungs.
It took me just over an hour to ride 13 miles and I wasn't going easy, I was in a hurry because I was supposed to show up at Sarah's to babysit in about 1/2 hour. I was going to be late. I had to get off the bike and adjust the brakes on my front wheel several times, there is something wrong with the front tire and I had to choose to ride with the brakes open or let them rub.
I made it home 1 hour and 45 minutes later, my legs and hands were covered with grease, my nose was filled with dirt and I was exhausted. At least I got the ride done. I'm sure it was worth it ;) Other than that, I had a great weekend and will get some photos of our nearly finished yard up tomorrow. I'm getting excited for the wedding and to have friends and family come to our house!