Saturday means bike day! It was a beautiful sunny day in the low 80s. We were having trouble deciding where to go, though. We wanted to go to Espresso Huis in Schuylerville, but that is only (relatively speaking) a 25 mile round trip ride. What we decided to do was make a giant loop de loop to get there, with a lunch stop earlier in the ride.
I was excited:
On a side note – I need a haircut! We slathered on the sunscreen and headed out. This is the main route out of town that gets you to the northway. It’s a busy road and a fast road, but it does have a wide shoulder designated as a bike lane. There are some nice views, too.
I got excited because I thought I saw a goldfinch, but then I realized it was fake.
My biking companion!
We were twins on accident, too. Our destination was Mr. Bill’s! We haven’t been here yet this year. We got here around mile 12 or so.
It’s a 50s carhop – complete with music. This statue is very iconic:
I had a grilled cheese sandwich. That basket of fries was what came with John’s scallops – big enough to share!
After enjoying our lunch, we circled around to head south. It was hot and sunny and not much shade. We ended up going to our favorite River Road way.
We got through the hill portion and I was sooooo hot and sweaty! At the top, I thought I was starting to bonk, so I had some pineapple.
This was probably 25 miles on the day? It turns out that I think I just got overheated and wasn’t really bonking. I definitely wasn’t feeling that great. After a bit of a rest, we went another 5 miles to Espresso Huis! Mile 31.
We really like this place. Wish it was a little closer to home and we would come more often during the week. We both had the same thing – iced chai latte and cuppicakes!
You know you want to see a close up of that, right? Chocolate coconut!
There is a local baker that does the baked goods for them.
After a nice rest in air conditioned comfort and the refilling of bottles with ice water, we headed home. That heat episode really wiped me out, though. I drafted off of John most of the way home (thanks, J!).
We had to take a detour because the bridge is out on our normal route home and we passed a cool dam on the canal.
Then another cool thing – I could hear the Ospreys calling. There is a nest along route 4 and they have babies now. I stopped way back here to get a picture because she was disturbed by us, I think.
Of course, we did have to go by it anyway, but I didn’t want to freak her out by standing below the nest. You could see a little movement in the nest. It would have been cool to see an aerial view.
I heard another one really close and we looked right up over our heads and saw the mate!
He stared down at us for a bit. I half expected him to dive down on us, but he didn’t. Happy nesting, Ospreys!
And then finishing up the ride:
Total miles: 46.6
Average speed 13.4 mph
Top speed: 33.1 mph (big downhill!)
Calories burned: 1452
Note to self. Just because it isn’t humid doesn’t mean it isn’t hot. We need to stick to morning and/or shadier rides at these temps.