Saturday was the most beautiful day for a ride. Just gorgeous! We took a pretty relaxed approach to the day, as one should for a weekend. Breakfast was a banana bread breakfast pudding. I am so liking these! Plus some cafe au lait.
John then planned out our route. We decided to go a different way down and hug the river, which was a great idea (that means less steep hills). It was beautiful. Most of the first part of the ride went right along the river. I think I found where I want to move to. Better ask for another raise… 😀
In part of the Hudson, there is an island and somebody has a house on it. They built a little covered bridge to get there.
I would love to have a covered bridge at the entrance of my driveway! I am so jealous.
Want to live here?
At mile 11, we stopped for snacks.
My favorite – dates!
If you look close, you can see my black moustache. Smarty me fiddled with my chain and I propped it up with the gloved part of my hand to keep my fingers from getting dirty. Well, during the ride I proceeded to wipe sweat off my lip with my gloves and smeared chain grease on it each time. Good thing John was with me and told me or I would have gone around town that way. 🙄
There was hardly any traffic for the first 18 miles or so and I was loving that. We both agreed this was our new favorite way to Saratoga.
We arrived downtown at mile 23.5. Since I am in the midst of the no grain challenge, we had to think about where to eat. Stopped at Esperanto.
But then I got waylaid by this sign and it’s creepiness and had to take a picture.
Esperanto has different dishes from all cuisines. Most of them had some sort of wheat or rice base. I decided on the coconut chicken curry. I asked for them to hold the rice.
They seemed to feel I needed some grain with it, because while they left out the rice, they put some tortilla chips on the side LOL. I gave those to John. This was really tasty. It had carrots, potatoes, and chicken in a coconut curry sauce. The picture doesn’t look so good, but it sure tasted good!
We strolled downtown for a while doing some window shopping. In Saratoga, window shopping is about all we can afford. Cute jacket on sale that was still $100 after being marked down 50%. Then there are the places I am just not sure about:
We stopped in at a glass studio where one of John’s poker buddies has his stuff. He is a glass artist and does some beautiful work.
Then it was time for dessert! I had a coupon to try Plum Dandy. This is one of those build your own yogurt places. I have never been to one before.
Here is half of the topping bar. The chocolate and sprinkles and candy were on the other side.
My yogurt was cake batter flavor and I topped it with strawberries, fresh blueberries, toasted coconut and little yogurt and passion fruit pearls.
Those were like the big tapioca pearls, only they had a liquid center when you bit into them. I kind of liked them – very different. My biggest beef? Only 1 size bowl and it is so big that you want to fill it up with yogurt. It was really hard not to do that. We still spent $10 for 2 yogurts.
John got all kinds of chocolate stuff, addict that he is.
Yogurt fueled to go on, we headed home the same way. The only busy part was getting out of town and for a few miles down the main road. Then it was back to peace and quiet and farms:
We stopped at mile 39 for my other favorite ride fuel:
This was right on the bank of the river at someone’s boat launch.
My buddy 😛
The only thing I don’t like about going this way is the last 1/2 mile to our house. It’s a steep hill and a tough slog, especially after already doing 46 miles, but we made it!
Total miles: 46.8 (eh… 47)
Average speed: 14 mph
Top speed 31.5 – woohoo!
Calories burned: 1504
This was such an awesome day! I immediately came in and had a protein drink and another date before showering.
I do have a hard time eating after ride days and tend to really nibble, but here is what I had. Dinner was carbs and fat (it’s what I wanted):
Teddie crunchy peanut butter is my favorite!
Then I had a latte at home later with some cashews to get my calories up.
This is where I would normally be eating cereal and chocolate. I am not avoiding chocolate or anything, I was just craving salt as I sweated profusely on this ride. It’s really important to listen to what your body wants when you expend a lot of energy.
I just thought you might like to see what I do eat after a ride refueling carbs without grains!