Saturday I biked 50+ miles all along Lake Champlain with a friend. She tends to ride out and backs and I prefer loops so I found a 36 mile loop instead of her 40 mile out and back. She said that was fine. Ha! I didn't have time to copy the map so we just went with what we knew. It was a gorgeous day. It could not have been nicer.
Parking the car and starting out
We were basically doing a loop along Lake Champlain on a road not too far from the lake and one quite close. First we went north where we made some of our first errors and added some mileage to the original route right away - although we didn't know this. We stopped at a store about 20 miles in and I had a chocolate milk which was heaven. It is a little tricky knowing what to bring on a bike ride when you are eating just soft food.
Great views at the general store
We continued riding with just gorgeous views along Lake Street, a fairly flat road. We had decided we were going to ride on the new Lake Champlain Bridge as a short side trip. Neither one of us had even been on it in a car. It was fun but a little creepy too. There I was all clipped in and where would I go if I fell? Over the side? Several feet down to the water? But no worries. I made it safely across both ways with one stop at the top to take some pictures.
On the New York side of the bridge
On the top
While on "top" of the bridge we talked to some other bikers. This one group is a group of retirees who ride at least twice a week. Two of them were more than 80. Vermont biking isn't for wimps either! Very impressed. Then we continued along Lake Street south of the bridge with a couple stops for more pics of it.
Looking back at our new bridge, Cathy waits below
We went quite a ways and I yelled to Cathy as I thought we needed to turn. She didn't think so and we kept going but definitely got a bit lost. (Yes it was where we should have turned.) It got hillier and hotter and when I saw Bridport School I was not encouraged as it is a long ways from where we were headed and I was tired and hot. A woman came out of her house as we looked as lost as we were. She then went in and got her husband to come tell us where to head. We went basically back toward where we had been and finally finally were going in the right direction. My spirits lifted considerably. We ended up doing about 54 miles. My overall pace was 13.9 which is high in my world, the highest I have done. I was very pleased with that on a long ride.
I had decided on Mother's Day that I would just do a short 10 mile or so ride. I was going to head to a nearby town to do the ride I had done with my friend, a different day. It was another great day so I ended up riding it, turning around and reversing direction to go back making it 23. I ended up with a 14 mile pace for this shorter, flatter ride following yesterday's long ride. I'll take it. And I do LOVE my clipless pedals or whatever you say. I don't know why I waited so long.
Then later in the day my son went for a Mother's Day run with me. We ran 8 miles in the heat of the day. I guess it was good for me but the heat took it right out of me. We stopped at the General Store and a friend bought us each a water. I guess summer is here and I need to be more prepared. It was great fun running with Jameson!
A great Mother's Day run with my son
Then he made me stuffed shells for dinner and bought ice cream to help the whole soft food thing.
Plus he brought his adorable dog down for the day. Aside from a few stand offs with the cats I think Jaxon had quite a good time. I predict he is home sleeping now. Keeping track of 3 cats is tiring business.
Jaxon comes to visit
The cat goes into his kennel and refuses to budge
My face has gotten a bit black and blue I guess from the exertion I expended this weekend. I did have the doctor's permission plus I consulted Dr. Internet. I just hope I don't scare my students tomorrow.
Lovely right? When I told my friend I had the doctor's permission
she did wonder if he knew I was "insane"