The weekend had the most glorious weather! It was supposed to be pretty warm Saturday (upper 70s), so we decided on an afternoon ride for ice cream! Last weekend, we did a 50+ mile ride and were pretty tired on Sunday, so we backed down a bit and John mapped out a 40 mile ride with hills. We had a destination in mind, so John planned around that to get us to 40 miles. After fueling up with a big lunch, I lathered up with sunscreen and we hit the roads.
We probably should have let lunch sit a little longer because my tummy was not happy with riding for the first 5 or 6 miles. We cruised along for about 12 miles before stopping just as we got to the top of a hill coming into downtown Glens Falls.
This is a 5 point intersection and if you can believe it, they use to have a traffic light here before they put in the circle. It sucked if you just missed the light because you had to sit *forever* to for the light to go around 4 times. The circle is much, much better.
This is my team Espresso jersey.
From here, we took a long way around to hook back onto the Lake George path. Now it was time for the hills! We normally get to the top of this section of hills at mile 11, so it was a nice challenge doing it after riding for a while.
As we were climbing the b*tch hill, a couple people passed us going up and I felt slightly annoyed at why I couldn’t go faster. Then I caught up to them again as we were approaching the peak of that hill where it gets steep to the top and they got off to walk their bikes up. Petty me decided I was going to ride on past them LOL! I was tired, but I thought “no way am I going to walk up this part”. I should have thanked them for the impetus.
Made it! This was about mile 18. Look at that line of cars for the outlet mall.
I asked John to pose, but after hitting the top of the hill, he wasn’t all into that.
Then it was 2 miles of nice downhill riding to the lake! Wheeeeee! A little energy reward once we got there.
Did I say how gorgeous it was on Saturday?
See that sky? That is known as sunburn sky to Lori. I put on more sunscreen while we stopped here.
I was nice to sit a spell and get some rest. I was saying to John how much I loved days where it was this nice at the lake before all the tourists come and make it all crowded.
We didn’t stop too long, because I had ice cream on my mind! That was the reason for the ride
We headed back up the way we came. This is the 2 mile climb back up to that overpass, but it doesn’t seem as bad going this way because the last tick up is not so steep. Then at mile 26, we arrived at our destination:
Great Escape isn’t open for the season yet, but Martha’s is! It was really crowded, too. All the locals love Martha’s and with good reason. We set up camp under the metal umbrellas:
My treat for the day? This is the Scholarship Sundae (proceeds fund a scholarship). Apple pie soft serve with raspberry sauce and chocolate fudge. Topped with cookie crumbs.
John got the cherry (har har). The one fruit I do not eat would be cherries. Ick. This is a regular size sundae. I can’t imagine how big the large size is!
This was soooo good. We like to say we have biking tastebuds because everything tastes just that much better when you have worked hard before eating.
We altered our route on the way home to avoid some traffic and decided to go around on the path with a couple extra loops and then finish up. We saw this family on the canal:
Aren’t they the cutest! Eeeeeeee!!! Normally we only see ducks on the canal. First time ever to see geese with babies.
A little less than a mile to go (around mile 39), John’s bike started making a funny noise. Oh no! The back tire was flat! Look at what was sticking out of his tire.
That is a 2 inch nail! We have super duper puncture proof tires on our bikes now after the Flat Tire Saga of 2011, which I am sure you all remember. However, no tire can withstand a 2 inch nail. John was going to walk the rest of the way home, but then just decided to change the tube so as not to harm the wheel. He can change a tube quite fast now.
Then the last 3 minutes to home.
Total miles: 40.2
Average speed: 12.6 mph
Top speed: 27.2 mph
Calories burned: 1200
Hopefully that flat tire is not gong to bring about another round of flats like last year. Other than that, it was a great day and a great ride!