Long ride on Saturday. Finally! After me being gone at BOW and then weather playing a factor the last couple weekends, we were finally able to get in a long cupcake ride. Pretty much a perfect day for biking. Hardly any wind, sunny and low 80s. We decided to head down after lunch.
We started off with a bit of a mishap. I checked my tires and inflated them a bit more than usual. Well, I was just standing by my bike in the driveway and *blam* – the front tube blew. Scared the carp out of both John and I LOL! Not totally sure if this is due to my narrow tires or cheap tubes (probably the latter). I have 25 mm tires on my bike, which are very narrow for a hybrid. I may go back to 28 mm with the puncture proof. Anyway, we had to swap out a tube and then get on our way.
We scooted along at a pretty good pace. John mapped out a bit of a different route for us to take to Saratoga. Basically, we avoided the route 9 bike lane and skirted it on each side. It was a nice traffic free ride.
Could the day be more perfect? This was around mile 13.
This was a newly paved road, too, which is always nice to ride on.
We met up with another cyclist a few miles later. He asked to borrow a wrench if we had one to fix his seat. Since we are prepared riders, John did have his little tool kit.
Hooray for good karma! We had a bit of dried pineapple here as well since we were stopped.
At mile 24, we got into Saratoga and it was opening day of the track. I was expecting it to be really crowded, but then I realized that everyone would be at the track, so downtown was lighter with the people today. Yay! First stop was to check out a new bike shop that opened up. How cute is this?
That is not a person sitting there, but a mannequin. There is a secret garden courtyard on the side to rest in.
They are supposed to be having a cafe here, which would be pretty cool. Plus, there is some fun artwork.
Okay, now for the real reason to come down!
First, we had stopped to get some iced lattes because as much as I like Bettie’s, their drinks are very pedestrian.
We sat outside since we brought our own beverages. My cupcake? Samosa – like the Girl Scout cookie! Plus something called an Oreo bomb. It was like a cake ball made with Oreos.
This cupcake was so good! The Oreo bomb was pretty intense. Really like Oreo fudge. I think I will stick with cupcakes!
We filled up the water bottles and headed home. We took our River road route back. This route was shadier and just such a nice ride.
Around mile 36 we stopped for some refreshments. I had frozen this so that it was nice and slushy by this time.
Plus we did some stretching, especially the hammies.
River road is really nice. There is actually a house on the road for sale that we keep looking at. John has a bit of a bee in his bonnet about it, even though we aren’t really ready to move yet.
This is a few miles from home. They are working on dredging the river. GE polluted the Hudson with PCBs and finally after years of foot dragging, they are now cleaning it up. About frigging time, too. Our little town is a Superfund site. 🙄
They dredge up the soil and then cart it away for disposal. They were actually working on a Saturday evening, too.
I was ready to be finished with the ride today. It felt good, but a bit tiring.
Average speed 13.3 mph
Top speed: 32.6 mph (wheeeeee!!!)
Ride time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Calories burned: 1605
We got back pretty late for us. After getting home, stretching and showering it was around 7 and we didn’t feel like cooking, so we walked up the street for some carbz!!
Yum. It was such a nice day and a really enjoyable ride 😀 It’s nice to have a typical Adirondack summer day – and why we put up with those winters!