Solo lake ride!

My biking partner is out of town this weekend and I wanted to go to the lake, so it was solo riding for me!

When I told John that I was going, he said, “Please be careful.”   Now, anyone who knows me IRL (and even on the blog) knows that I am about safety first.  I might actually be a little too cautious sometimes.  I trust no one when I am on my bike.  Not even the squirrels darting about.  So, I laughed and said back to John, “I am always careful.”   His response? “I know, but it makes me feel better to say it to you.”  <3

I ate an early lunch and checked over the bike, filled the tires, checked the chain and brakes and headed out.  It was wonderfully sunny and warm – in the low 70s!  I did have a lightweight jacket on at first because I wasn’t sure if it would be cooler at the lake (it usually is), plus the wooded part of the path can be cooler as well.  Except I forgot there were barely any leaves on the trees and the wooded parts were pretty sunny!  The first 6 miles or so were on city roads until I got into Glens Falls and got onto the bikeway.

I ditched my jacket at this crossover of a road from the path.  I always feel like there should be donut and candy shops on this road, but there aren’t.

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Starting to sweat!

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A couple miles later, I realized I had better put on sunscreen.  I probably was blinding anybody I went past since my pasty white arms have hardly seen the light of day since last fall.  So I pulled over to put that on.

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I’m a ghost in this.  I didn’t see my own reflection until I downloaded this 😀

This is the marsh.  It’s still pretty brown.

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I was curious as to how my hill legs would be for the first lake ride of the year.  I  made it up all the climbs pretty easily and I am totally thrilled at how good my legs are already.  I don’t know why that is or how to duplicate it next off season, but I’ll take it now!  This is the wooded part of the path.  No leaves!

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This was cut through rock in some parts.  Not sure why people feel the need for graffiti, but they do.  There are a lot of flags painted on this rock for whatever reason.

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I was happy to reach the lake at mile 16.  It was particularly blue today.

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All of the shops on Beach St. are closed right now.  They only open up for tourist season.  Not to mention the road is being repaved right now.

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The main street has a fair number of open businesses.  Those ones run by locals and not people from downstate who only come up for summer.  There were not a lot of people around, but some.  The stores were having sidewalk sales and 2 new stores opened that sell only purses – the same store with one location on each side of the street.  Really? I own 1 purse (and I hardly ever use it), so that business won’t make it with my support.  I stopped at the Lake George Baking Company for my treat and Cafe Vero for my latte to go with and sat in Shepard Park.

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I love Cafe Vero. They roast their own coffee and the baristas are well trained.  They always do latte art.  It’s a bit pricey, but worth it.

My view while nomming:

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I texted John to let him know what he was missing!   😈

Then it was time to say goodbye to the lake and head on up the mountain.

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It’s a 2 mile climb for a while and so I didn’t stop to take any pictures.  I did stop more on this trip in general just to enjoy, though.  By myself – I can do whatever I want and stop whenever I want!  After the 2 mile climb, you are greeted by Santa and Uncle Sam.

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Ah yes.  Lake George, the mix of natural beauty and the tacky.

I took part of the canal path on the way home.  Some of this is being worked on, so we have to detour around it, but I got on part of it.

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Closer look at these guys jetting away when I stopped.  Can you see them in the pic above?

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Before I knew it – I was home!

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33 miles today that felt great.  I am ready for Saratoga now.  I have the mind rumblings to do a 100 mile day again.  😀

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Ride stats:

Total miles:  33 miles

Average speed:  12 mph

Top speed:  25 mph (Wheeeeeee!!!)

Calories burned:  959

 

Have a great rest of the weekend and I will be back with an AIM post on Monday!

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13 thoughts on “Solo lake ride!

  1. Kimberley

    I am all caught up now! I love reading bunches of posts and seeing the bike rides, the lovely snacks, darling Pixie, live music, and your true love…and of course…THE BLOOMS! Whhheeee!

  2. Jody - Fit at 55

    Lori, I am sooooooooooooo happy you got had a wonderful bike ride since you have been missing them!!! Beautiful pics & especially that black & white cookie! 😉 Just kidding – the scenery was amazing & so sweet that John was so concerned – love that!!!

  3. Fran

    What a beautiful bike ride on a beautiful day.

    I would go out alone for a bike ride too. I always run at 5.30 am alone. In Winter I stay in the village but that’s because there is no street light on the roads where I run during daily runs. But now it’s light when I get up and I run outside the village where I usually don’t see anybody. I don’t mind, I’m not afraid, where I live it’s safe, nothing ever happens. Of course if the day may come something does happen, I will rethink my running routes.

    Loved this bike ride and am glad there will me more of these posts the next months, I always enjoy them.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Review April 2013

  4. Heidi

    One woman I pet sat for in VA is from the Lake George area and I am always jealous when she posts the wonderful pictures of the lake during the spring if she goes home. What a wonderful place you live and how awesome that you can enjoy it – especially at your own pace on solo rides. I’m officially jealous of you now, too!

  5. Sharon

    Oh boy, did this ever bring back some memories. Such a beautiful place. I sure hope to return someday soon. Wish you could my pics of Bill & I clowning around with Santa and Uncle Sam!

    Aren’t solo adventures fun? You said it best – you get to do what you want when you want!
    Sharon´s last blog post ..Summer Trip 2013 Revealed

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