Ride before the storm

The sun was out on Saturday and no breeze at all.  The calm before the storm. I really wanted to get in a ride today to take advantage since that won’t be happening on Sunday!

Bike computer ready to go:

(I also am showcasing the sorry state of our driveway, which is slated for resurfacing next year. 😳 )

Biker set up and ready to go:

The sun was out, but it was a hazy sun.

We clipped along for the first part of the ride.  No wind and not too many hills for the first 10 miles or so.  We followed the river.  This is part of the dredging for PCBs going on in the Hudson.

Attractive, eh?  It needs to be done, though.  It went on too long with GE fighting having to clean up their mess.

At mile 13, we stopped for a bit of dried pineapple in the midst of a field of grain!

This ride is so beautiful.

John loves the dried pineapple, too:

We arrived in Saratoga for lunch at mile 22. We decided on Chipotle.

It’s easy to eat grain free there, surprisingly.

My salad with pork, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. This is really good!  I actually get this most times now.

We poked around a Barnes and Nobles for a while after eating.  Then biked another couple miles to get downtown.  Mile 24.

It’s the Travers this week.  Lots and lots of people.

Pretty dahlias on sale:

However, our mission was froyo:

I had a bowl with a mix of chocolate and vanilla nonfat yogurt topped with tapioca pearls (these are weird and I like them), toasted coconut, mini M&Ms, and some mini dark/white chocolate chips.

Oh, and a few nuts.


The skies started to cloud up, but still no wind.  So weird.  There is always at least some breeze.  The air just feels heavy.

It was time to head home.  We took a break at mile 35:

Yay- coconut water!

Then it was just 10 more miles to home.  I was booking home.  We lose a lot of average speed from stoplights and hills, and the last 10 miles is a nice fairly flat ride.

Ride stats:

Total miles:  46.2

Average speed:  13.6 mph

Top speed: 26.1 mph

Calories burned:  1452!

I loved my ride today!

We got the outside of the house ready for the storm.  At least it won’t be a hurricane when it moves over us (or it shouldn’t be), but still tropical force winds.  Our porch has never been so clean!  I removed all bird feeders, flags, solar lights and garden paraphernalia.  I hope my neighbors do the same 🙄

Clouds are rolling in.

Stay safe everyone!  I’ll see you all on the flip side of Irene.

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32 thoughts on “Ride before the storm

  1. JoAnn

    Wow you are such an awesome person. I just recently found this site. Your weight loss info is very inspiring. We have a tea shop near here that just this summer started selling Bubble tea. This is my first exposure to the large tapioca bubbles and I enjoy them.

  2. Sharon

    I’ve thought of you often tonight as we’ve watched coverage march slowly your way. Stay safe and let us know all is well as soon as you can. Showed my hubs the pic of your neighbor’s chimney. His response: Yikes!! You and John are in our thoughts!!
    Sharon´s last blog post ..The Blog, It Is A Changin’

  3. Jenn@slim-shoppin

    Great ride Lori!!! Good luck with the storm – hope it dies down some before it gets to you!

    And I love the tapioca pearls in your fro-yo – I never knew that was an option?
    Jenn@slim-shoppin´s last blog post ..Slept In!

  4. Bon

    You are amazing!!!!! My daughter (11) went a 2 mile bike ride yesterday, I thought I was going to die. How do you do it? So jelous!!!

  5. Kim

    I wouldn’t have even noticed the driveway cracks because I was only focused on the bike computer. I do the exact same thing when something bugs me – I see it and other people don’t even know what I’m talking about. I’ll be thinking of you and hoping Irene stays away!

  6. Leah

    Still praying for those of you up north of us. We made it through safely and I’m sure you will also.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Chipotle and I have always ordered the salad versus a burrito. Not sure if they have it here in NC..probably in the bigger cities. 🙂
    Leah´s last blog post ..Safe & Sound

  7. Kimberley

    I have already caved to the peer pressure by getting dried pineapple, but I keep forgetting to pick up coconut water…must remember.

    Glad you were able to get out and have a nice bike ride today with John! Beautiful scenery and the lunch looks great. I was looking at the menu for Chipotle today as someone was reviewing it on their blog and I loved all the gluten free options…now if only we had one in Ontario.

    Stay safe!!!
    Kimberley´s last blog post ..#ilovemylife

  8. Jody - Fit at 53

    Love the ride pics Lori! Beautiful! I think I remember that horse from another ride a long time ago…

    Hope the storm did not hit as hard as expected where you are.. so I heard on the news that the wind was worse than the rain…. hope all is well! How did Pixie do??? 😉
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..Saturday Funnies

    1. Lori Post author

      I think the rain is worse in our area. Lots and lots and lots of rain! Some downed power lines and trees, but we still have power.

  9. debby

    What? I didn’t comment last night? I sure did in my brain. I think I forgot to hit ‘submit.’ Anyway, I think I said it seemed so weird to be having such a nice calm day when you knew “Irene” was going to hit. It sounds like you are okay so far? Also, I am interested in those little tapioca pearls. Do they taste like regular tapioca?
    debby´s last blog post ..A Day in the Life

    1. Lori Post author

      The pearls are very interesting. They are called popping bobba at other places and they have a liquid center. Mine was a yogurt flavor, but they also had passion fruit ones, which are very fruity.

      Looks like we came through okay. There is a lot of flooding in our area, but we are safe.

  10. Alison

    Glad to hear you two got through the storms alright! I was watching for any news all day!!!

    I love homemade tapioca pudding. Are the tapioca pearls similar to the tapioca in pudding but just to a larger scale? Chewy I would guess?

    Good idea to get in a nice long ride before everything hits. I would imagine you’ll have some interesting recap soon!!!

  11. Joanne

    I was going to say, Saratoga must have been mobbed this weekend. But I guess they don’t get the crowd they used to 15 years ago. The one and only time I went to the Travers, you couldn’t move.

    Great ride, Lori and AWESOME eats. My mouth is watering.

  12. Diana

    I love tapioca pearls but I’ve never seen any that come in that white color you have there! Such nice scenery! No wonder you bike so much! Glad that you’re okay 🙂
    Diana´s last blog post ..Learning Reiki

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