We had the most glorious weather this weekend! Cooler and dry. It was a perfect weekend for biking 😀
We decided to head on down to Saratoga for our long ride on Saturday. This was all road riding. John wanted to have lunch down there, so we left around mid morning. We took the newly paved bike lane on 197. We had been kind of avoiding that because of the poor condition and now it is nicely done. However, I kept hearing a squeaking noise coming from John’s bike.
Squeak. Squeak. Squeak.
It was rhythmic with his pedaling. I decided that was going to drive me nuts hearing that for 50 miles, so we pulled over after about 4 miles for him to mess with the pedal.
The newly paved part is back there where the truck is. This little meadow was full of butterflies. You can’t see them in this shot, but they were floating all over.
John lubed up his pedal arm and we were good to go. No more noise! Next stop was around mile 12. It looks like we are in the middle of nowhere, but we are actually right next to the main route 9 going south, just on a side road. Also newly paved.
We thought we saw a dog in the driveway of the house across the street, but turns out it was a goat!
He was just hanging around in the driveway.
We had snacks here.
It was bright and sunny today. Not too hot, though, which was really nice. Next stop was near the Wilton Mall. This was 20 miles in. I actually really hate biking near here because the traffic is icky. We locked the bikes to a fence.
John wanted Hattie’s Chicken Shack.
Now, if you have been reading, you know I have been poultried out this week. So, I decided if I was going to eat at Hattie’s, I was going for what Hattie’s is known for. What Hattie’s won a Bobby Flay Throwdown with. The fried chicken.
I haven’t had fried chicken in years. Many years. Let me tell you – this is probably the best I have ever had. I ended up not eating the bun and just eating the chicken out of it (it had coleslaw on it, southern style). It was juicy, not greasy and so good! Yummy! We walked around a bit to let lunch settle. We stopped at a couple stores –
And then here:
I pointed out various things that I wanted and John remarked that he could just do 1 store and be done shopping for me for Christmas. Smart man I married, I tell you.
We decided to head to downtown Saratoga and John noted his front tire was flat. Sigh… While he was changing the tube, I filled up the old one with air to see where the leak was and it held air. I am thinking what might have happened is that my bike was leaning on the pressure valve and let the air out of his tire. We need to test the tube later and see. It would be nice to save $5 if it was still good. Anyway, we got back on the road to our next stop on the tour of Living in the 10%, which was at The Bread Basket. This was at mile 24. I love how the front door looks like a hobbit house.
They had some cute cupcakes there:
However, we went with a more adult taste. John’s carrot cake cupcake and my German chocolate.
They look smaller in the picture than they seemed in real life. My cupcake with chocolate so dark light cannot escape its surface.
I forget the the cupcakes at Bread Basket are gut bombs. Very, very rich. There is a 4th dimension and it is cupcake vision.
John says “do I have to eat the whole thing?”
I was uber full at this point. We walked across to Congress Park to let the cupcakes settle.
This is the Triton pool with “Spit” and “Spat”
Carved from Carrara marble. Kind of wanted to take a dip in that pool, too.
Time to head home. We took what has become my favorite way home via West River Road. This adds some miles onto the way back, but it’s all good, right? I like this way because it goes through a lot of different scenery like shade, farms, open road, along the river. There is a good mix of hills, too. Luckily the first part leaving Saratoga is fairly flat. I kept telling my cupcake to stay down!
Here we had just come out of a wooded area that was nice and shady. John was adjusting his brakes. This was around mile 32 or so? Here is a cool barn:
We are around 40 miles here. We took a breather, but didn’t need any snacks. I was totally fueled on cupcakes 😀 You can see forever from here.
This is almost at the top of the biggest hill climbs for the way home, so it’s nice to get here and know that you are close to being done with the climbing.
Along the river, we spotted several birds. One was a heron and the other was this egret. This was around mile 46.
I was feeling pretty good and had a good second wind by this point. We clipped along pretty well on this ride. I was glad to be finished, though.
Total miles: 52.2
Average speed 13.6 mph
Top speed: 32.5
Calories burned: 1607
This was probably the fastest average speed we have had for a long ride. That’s 52 miles at that speed, so we were quite pleased about that. Helps that there wasn’t really a strong wind today.
I love our long rides!