50 miles and Bonsai

Saturday ride time!!  John planned out our route for the day.

This was about a 50 mile loop.  We headed out at about 10:30 as we thought we would go out for lunch in Saratoga.  Temps of about 60 predicted. There was a tailwind on the way down there and we were booking!  We took our first stop at mile 11, which is at the peak of some hills.

It was a nice day.  I was a bit chilly to start with.  I just had on my YMX Yellowman shirt and my jacket.

However, I was sweaty at this point.   😀

We headed back out and zoomed on down to Saratoga.  Hills are easy with a tailwind!

We got to Saratoga around mile 21 or so with an average speed of 14.3 mph!  We ate at Elizabeth’s Table, which is a reincarnation of the Cupcake Lab, which moved.

Not so much focus on cupcakes, though.  They do focus on local products, which is neat. I got an Irish Breakfast burrito, which had egg, potato, cheese and corned beef hash!

Yum!  I had a biking appetite for this.  Early on in miles, I get really hungry.  When  the mileage gets up there, I lose my appetite.

After lunch, we walked around Saratoga and saw a sign for a free Bonsai show.  It was a display of the local Bonsai groups (which is actually pronounced “bone-say”.  I have always said it wrong).  It was neat!

This one was cool:

We got to vote on our favorites.  I chose this one:

I also liked this one:

After we went through this exhibit, it was cuppicake time!  We hit up Bettie’s. I got a Cosmopolitan.  It is a cranberry cupcake with lime buttercream.

Intense!  I don’t think I would get this one again, but it certainly was flavorful.  And full of artificial color goodness  :mrgreen:   This is a regular size cupcake, which seemed kind of small to me.  I think they make them smaller now.  John got a jumbo German Chocolate and lopped off a hunk for me to eat.  We also had a visit from my sisters and the nieces, who live down here.

Niece noshing on cupcake:

We had to leave shortly thereafter as we had about 2.5 hours of riding ahead of us.  We took a longer route home than to get there.  About a mile and a half out, I noticed the the strap to John’s bike bag was dangling and we pulled over to fix that.  Then I though I would check and see if mine was doing that and I noted that my bike bag was not on the back of my bike!!  I realized that I left it on the bench next to where the bikes were parked when I was getting my helmet and gloves on.  Cue panic!!!  I tried to turn around fast and ended up toppling right over.  At least it was onto someone’s lawn and not asphalt.  John was still upright, so he took off back to where we had parked the bikes.  I got myself righted around and I hit every. single. red. light.  Ugh!    I was almost there and John was on his way back to me with my bag.  Thank goodness.  If we had been anywhere else, that bag would have been long gone.  It had my camera, wallet, phone, keys – all that good stuff in there.  I would have been very sad if it was missing.  Phew.

Of course, all of that meant adding over 2 miles onto our trip, which was already long enough LOL!  Did I mention we were now heading into a headwind?  If not, consider it mentioned.  My legs were feeling quite good, though.  We just kept churning out the miles.   We stopped at mile 36 for snacks:

I had 2 dates.  These are the big medjool dates that are about 65 calories each.

It is a very pretty view on this part of the ride.

I took the lead to let John draft.  He is always much faster at the start of our ride and I am much faster at the end of the ride.  It was brutal into the wind, though, I have to say.  When we hit the downhill portion where we normally hit 30+ miles per hour, we only managed 23!  That was how hard the wind was blowing.  You can see that downhill in the map above.  We reach the river level at the bottom of that downhill.


At about mile 45, we came back up that climb and knew we were getting close to finishing up.  My thigh was aching a fair amount.  I have to say that is really so frustrating to have that issue.  There is no solution for it, either.  Booo to permanent injuries.

Here is the top of the hill:

This is the bike route, but it is a very busy road and I don’t like to ride on it, so we just cross over it (we are at an intersection) and take a left at that light.

It takes us out of the way, but we avoid a hill and the traffic – even though it adds several miles to the trip!  Finally home!

Ride stats:

Miles:  51.8  (thank you Lori forgetting her bike bag… )

Average speed:  13.1 mph

Ride time:  3 hours 50 minutes

Calories burned:  1600

Immediately after we got inside, I made protein recovery drinks for us.  Almond milk, unflavored whey protein, chocolate syrup:

These were good!  John doesn’t do recovery drinks, but I had him drink one this time because of the length of the ride.

I also noted my leg:

Chain grease from when I fell over.  I look like a noob!  LOL

After long rides, we like to walk so as not to stiffen up, so we walked up the street for a couple slices of pizza and did a nice 1 mile recovery walk.  Check out my windburn!

I hope the spring winds settle down soon.  I mentioned to John about how much more I hated riding in wind more than doing hills and his answer was “Well, hills have to end, the wind doesn’t”  – so true!

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20 thoughts on “50 miles and Bonsai

  1. Linda Kuil (Frickin' Fabulous...)

    My heart went in my throat when you realized you left your bag! Thank God it was there with all of the contents! I don’t do fruity sweets, but I see one of the cupcakes in front of your niece had a Resse’s PB Cup on it. Now THAT’S for me!

  2. Grace @ Grace Dishes

    You are amazing and you looked great doing it! I really want to buy bikes for the entire family now even though Florida isn’t as scenic or bike friendly for that matter.

    The food looks delicious! Hope your weekend was fantastic 😉
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  3. Kimberley

    So glad your bag was still there!!! I was at a wedding shower today and they had the most beautiful cuppicakes!

    Those recovery drinks look mighty tasty.

    A bike ride, a cupcake, a walk and a pizza…now that is what I call a great day!
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    1. Lori Post author

      The only reason I noticed was because John left the strap on his bag and he was in front of me. If he hadn’t done that, it probably would have been 5 miles before we noticed. That would have made for a *really* long ride!

  4. Nichole

    Looks like so much fun! With all the miles you ride, I’d love to know what kind of saddle you have? And how did you pick it out?

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s the saddle that came with the bike. It’s a Fuji Absolute and the saddle is a sport comfort saddle (women’s). It’s actually nice. Narrow, but not too narrow. I didn’t find a need to change the saddle when I bought the bike.

  5. Fran

    Beautiful ride Lori. The cupcake is so colorful.

    Forgetting the bag must have been scary. It happened to us once on vacation in Italy. We forgot our expensive camera after having cappucino’s on a terrace. R. ran back immediately and fortunately it was still there. But it scares the hell out of you so I understand your feeling.
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  6. Shelley B

    I got a hint of Amazing Race panic, like when one of the racers leaves their fanny pack with the passports behind, and they have to zoom back to get it…hmmm – you and John are athletic and adventurous – have you ever though about applying for the show? Could be fun!!!

    What a fun day (aside from the bag issue) – bike ride, bonsai show, treats, family…life is good, isn’t it?
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Wolf Pen 5K and 10K Recap!

  7. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Wow a 50 miler so early in the season! That really speaks well for how well trained you kept all Winter. Great job!

    What a relief that your bag was still there. I can imagine the panic that flashed across your mind!
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  8. Helen

    Except for the panic over the missing bag that sounds like such a fun day with exercise built in! I probably would have tried the Cosmopolitan cupcake too, especially since I like those flavors in the martini 😀
    Helen´s last blog post ..Crash Landing

  9. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Lori. WOW…you two are AMAZING!!!! Biking inspirations for sure. Looks like a wonderful day!! I’m with Shelley, I think you and John would KICK A*& on the Amazing Race!!!!!! Have a great Monday.
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