Summer riding!

Saturday = Long Ride Day!  A hot and sweaty ride, too.

John had a late poker night, so while he was sleeping, I went for a short ride  in the morning around the neighborhoods before it got hot – a warmup ride, so to speak 😀

Since it was so hot, we nixed Saratoga in favor of path riding that would be more shaded.  I lathered up with 70 SPF sunscreen.  There has to be some overkill with that, right?  How do you test 70 when there aren’t enough daylight hours to  test that?

Anyway, we headed up to Lake George.  Of course, we have to do street riding to get to the path.  And sometimes we just choose street riding.  Waiting at an intersection for the light to change.


I was sweating in a hurry. Thank goodness there was a fair amount of cloud cover because it was very humid and hot.  The sun would have been roasting (like Sunday was, actually).

Hill climbing.



At the peak, this bridge overlooks the road going to the outlet malls.  Look at the line of cars waiting to turn at the light.



And it’s not even Christmas!

It was surprisingly uncrowded at the lake, but then I remembered it was graduation weekend for the high schools, so many people were at ceremonies and parties.



Did I mention how hot and humid it was?



John wanted lunch in Lake George and we had a BOGO coupon for Taste of India.  Apparently Taste of India is now also a hookah bar.


No hookah-smoking caterpillar, though. Who… are… you?  :mrgreen:

We started with some Naan bread.



Then I had some Shahi Paneer.  Paneer is an Indian cheese.  It is very mild in flavor like ricotta or cottage cheese, but has a texture similar to tofu.  It’s really good.  Mine was in a spicy yogurt/nut/tomato sauce.



Very good!  I like Little India in Saratoga better food wise and price wise.  But, when you eat in a tourist town, you have to expect that.

We walked to Shepard Park and saw a craft fair going on!



That was fun!  We walked around and actually bought something. It was one of those cloth towels with a crocheted loop handle.  Our towels are always falling off the oven door, so we have been looking for more towels like this.  And at $3?  I’ll take it!



Then it was riding for some ice cream!  We headed off to Martha’s:



I was soooooo hot!!  Even my forearms were sweating.



TMI, sorry. I did not get sunburned  – that is reflection off of my pink shirt.

I had pumpkin ice cream with wet walnuts.



This was so good.  So good!  However, I was unable to finish it.  Sad, but true.

We headed on home, stopping by the marsh.



Lots of people fish from this bridge, although no one was on this day.

Remember last week I posted a picture of that building that was being torn down?  It’s all gone except the door:



That is one cool door, too.  Wonder if they would notice if I went back and got it?



Ride stats for the day:

Total miles:  41.3

Top speed:  28.7 mph

Average speed:  12.3 mph (lazy morning ride)

Saddle time:  3 hours 35 minutes

Calories burned:  1339


My legs are feeling really good now.  They should – I have almost 900 miles on the bike this season.  Doing good towards that goal of 2500 for the year.


Hope all of you had a great weekend as well!

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22 thoughts on “Summer riding!

  1. Bonnie

    I had to read your post today when it said ” while he was sleeping around the neighborhoods before it got hot..” haha

    1. Lori Post author

      You’ve never had them? They are walnuts in a sugar syrup – like a sundae topping. Very good. Don’t tell Debby, though.

  2. Kim

    Wow – lots of miles today!!
    Looks like y’all have lots of activities to choose from!
    And, those towels with the crocheted tops – I haven’t seen those since I was growing up. My grandma used to make them and my mom always used them (probably still does) – they are handy!!
    Kim´s last blog post ..My Running Story

  3. Fran

    Great ride!

    So funny: Indian food and Dutch Heineken beer 🙂

    I saw a TV program last week where they were talking about sunscreen. Apparently you can’t use it enough. They said that when you go on a sun holiday for 10 days you need 13 bottles! of sun screen to be protected enough. Hmmm I don’t even use 1 bottle on vacation. It appears we don’t apply enough sun screen.

    About Bruce giving a concert that often. The 12 times I’ve seen him are between 1995 and last Saturday. Whenever he does a world tour he always gives a concert in Holland and (except last year when we went to Italy) we were always lucky that we could get tickets.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday June 23, 2013: Bruce Springsteen

  4. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    How on earth did you manage not to eat all of that ice cream! Yum!!

    I’m amazed you tackled that many miles in the heat. I just don’t do well outside at all when it’s humid outside. The humidity is here now… all week I suspect I’ll be sweating buckets!
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Summer Brought the Heat

    1. Lori Post author

      I was full from lunch and all the water I was drinking. I wanted to finish it LOL!

      I will ride in the heat. I don’t mind so much as long as I can stay somewhat shaded, although I don’t like super long rides in this kind of weather. We were fairly relaxed with it broken up into chunks.

      No riding today, though. Way too hot and sticky (and I need a rest day).

  5. Biz

    I have to ask Lori, what the hell are “wet walunts?” Looks amazing – and I need to find a good Indian restaurant – I keep telling my daughter the next time I visit her in Chicago we need to find one. 😀
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  6. Sara

    Lori, you have inspired me to ‘get creative’ with when I ride my bike! I love to ride my bike to and from work, but in the summer the ride home is just too hot (I live in Austin, TX). So, I’ve been getting up a bit earlier to sneak in a 40 minute bike ride before work, when it is still blissfully cool (or rather, bearable!) Such a great way to start the day! 🙂

    1. Lori Post author

      Yay! It is a good way to start the day. I call these maintenance rides where there is no destination and no purpose other than getting in some exercise.

  7. Roz@weightingfor50

    I wondered what wet walnuts were too…now I know! Looks like a wonderful sweaty ride Lori. Thank you for taking us along with you!! (and I’ll say it again, you live in a beautiful part of the world!) Have a great day.
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  8. Linda

    Going to be 4-5 humid days in a row! I love your determination and commitment to exercise. Also to big eating all that ice cream seems to be the only thing I can eat lite of on a hot day.

  9. debby

    Haha on me and the walnuts! I had not heard of them but I did guess correctly before I read your explanation in the comments. Yumm.

    Very impressive that you would still ride in that heat and humidity!
    debby´s last blog post ..Change

  10. Sharon

    Not so many years ago, Bill & I visited a Bruster’s Ice Cream and when he ordered a sundae, the cute young (probably high school) thing looked him in the eye and with a straight face said, “do you want your nuts wet or dry?” We bursted out laughing and I don’t think she ever knew what she said that was so funny. The comments about “wet nuts” are hilarious. Looks like it was a great ride.
    Sharon´s last blog post ..Finding The Light!

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