Riding near home on Saturday
Good not great bike ride on Saturday. Is that the first time I've said that? I was WAY TOO COLD! I think I have ridden in colder temps but warmed up quicker. Today we headed down the mountain and across the one flat section which was cold. I stopped to warm up my hands then we headed up the mountain. I was thinking I needed to remove a layer but I didn't stop to do it. I probably should have because I sweated and that may have been my biggest problem. Eventually we turned and were on the top arc of our loop. This is a more gradual uphill until it becomes a rather steep downhill! I was already cold as the sun had completely disappeared behind many clouds. Going downhill rapidly only made it worse. Most of the remaining ride was this way. I felt cold in general but particularly my toes and fingers. Once home it took some time to warm up.
Tomorrow we are going to go for our ride somewhat later to avoid the worst of the very early morning chill. I have already picked Steve's brain at Happy Trails for dressing in colder weathers. He answered quickly with many suggestions! I have De Feet Blaze socks in my shopping cart to order tomorrow to begin to correct the problem. How much late fall/winter riding will I really do? Not sure. I can't break the bank getting outfitted but hands and feet seem like a good place to start!
Today - Sunday -we rode 32 miles on the Rail Trail. I thought it would be easy because it was fairly flat but I was exhausted and glad we did not go farther. The whole trail is 52 miles round trip but we did not have that kind of time. The sun kept hiding behind clouds but was fully out on the way home so the drive was gorgeous! It was cool on the ride but not too cold. I especially liked the views of the river and when it was more open. T liked it when the trail was covered with leaves and the trees formed a canopy overhead. We both liked it but felt no need to go back on a regular basis. I am not sure I liked the flatness of it and the similarity of the landscape. I had a hard time putting into words what disappointed me. Perhaps my expectations of this trail were too high. My beloved Burlington bike path is flat but I couldn't be happier than when I ride/run on that. Here are some pics from the day.
An old railroad bridge - loved it!
Looking back from the bridge
Looking at the river from the bridge
Looking at the river later on the trail
The river in the valley
Riding North on the trail where it was more open
Riding north - I'm the speck in the distance