What a gorgeous morning. It was nice and cool overnight. I got up and made some banana custard oats with the soaked steel cut technique
Topped with some homemade fluff and peanut butter. I then took the bowl and my coffee and sat out on the porch to eat. It was cool enough to need a jacket out there.
I also saw my first hummingbird of the season! I heard this loud buzzing noise and I was about the freak out at what I assumed was the world’s biggest wasp, but looked up and saw the hummingbird! He buzzed around the feeder (which had old syrup in it) and flew away. I quick ran inside to put fresh stuff in there, so hopefully they will be back through.
Today was a long ride day. This is the first typical type ride with the new bikes. We loaded up the backpacks since we are still waiting for the replacement bag frames to arrive. Still have the bike bags, just not the rack to put it on. 1 week ago today and our bikes were stolen. Still hurts. Since we got a later start than usual, I had a Luna bar before leaving the house.
It was a gorgeous day. I swear every Saturday has been so nice this summer. We didn’t end up stopping for any snacks, as John had a late breakfast and I had that Luna bar. I did need to stop around mile 15 to put on some more anti-chafing gel. 😳 My bike is so clean.
I need to save this look for posterity.
I don’t know if I will name the bike or not. I never did name the old one and I had it for almost 6 years.
I’ll have to see if a name comes to me. Right now I still feel like it is Mr. Fuji since we are still getting to know each other.
20ish miles later and we arrived in Saratoga at the Cupcake Lab!
This is getting to be a habit. I actually was pretty hungry by this time. I saw the perfect sammie for me on the menu, which I think was new. Ham and brie with granny smith apple panini-style.
This was sooo good! It had honey mustard on it.
John had the mac and cheese.
This was good and very, very rich.
We sat around and chatted and then had coffee and dessert.
This is our coffee being brewed individually:
Of course. I chose a raspberry cupcake.
It had a raspberry filling in it as well and so delicious. I think it is my new favorite.
John had a S’mores cupcake. It was good as well, although hard to eat with the marshmallow on top.
It was cloudy by the time we left for home. It was definitely cooler today as well. We stopped at the usual point around mile 30. I just drank a little water as I didn’t want the same nausea I felt the last time I drank too much at this rest stop.
My bike was zooming up the hills and the flats were easy peasy. This bike wants to go! I actually was holding back some. John was finding his seat to be pretty uncomfortable after 30 miles and started to not enjoy the ride.
This is my seat:
It is not as wide as my old seat, but actually fairly soft. I think I will keep it for now. It’s just chafing, which is more of a problem with my shorts than the seat and I do have the Lanacane for that.
I hate my water bottle cage. I got an adjustable one and it has a sharp edge on it that scratched my thigh when I would get on and off the bike.
I had even more scratches by the time I got home. That has to go.
Enjoyed in the shadow of this man:
Total miles: 42 – this is actually not quite right. I think I have the tire size too big on the bike computer as this ride is actually more like 45.
Top speed: 26.2 mph
Avg speed: 14.0 mph – much faster than the old bikes.
Calories burned: 1339 – woohoo!
I am feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike. It is just going to take time. It is much more responsive than my old bike, so I tend to over correct a little bit, which makes me slightly nervous at times. The brakes are also much touchier, so I have to be careful not to hit them hard and fly over the handle bars. The first of many long rides in the books.
I have no appetite now. Not unusual after a long ride. Had a light dinner of toast with laughing cow and some blueberries:
I’ll eat some chocolate later to get in a few more calories. Doing 40 miles is like running a 1/2 marathon.
Question: Did you do something fun today?