Solo riding

It was a little chilly this weekend, but I wanted a ride. John was out of town, so I went solo on Saturday.  Some people don’t like riding alone, but I have no problem with it.  I took a rather circuitous route around. First stop was to bike out to a greenhouse and see if they carried any shrubs I am looking for.  I started out with road riding. Not my favorite, as you can see below.

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When they redid this road last year, they ate up some of the bike lane to make a center turn lane. Boo.

I went out exactly 5 miles just for a nice even number and then backtracked to the greenhouse.  Ahhh I am aching for this much greenery!

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This place is a little expensive, but they have a lot of unusual stock. Unfortunately – they did not have what I am looking for, but biking out here saved me a wasted car trip to find out.  

These are cute, too.  I may live under a rock as far as pop culture is concerned, but even I know these are minions.

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Made of hay bales.

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Then it was off with more road riding back in the direction of our old house. 

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Not a ton of water over the dam. The one good thing about this cold spring is that it didn’t create any runoff flooding.

I hooked around to the old feeder dam bike path, and it was nice getting off the roads.

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Did I mention it was windy and cold? About 50 degrees and I ended up with a wind chapped face.

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Then 15 miles in, I stopped in downtown Glens Falls at the new coffee shop for a latte.

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The guy that roasts the coffee made my latte 😀

Even though I was only a mile from home, I wanted a longer ride, so I connected to the bike path again.

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If only all the riding could be path riding.  We are lucky to have this much, though.

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The shoulders are fairly clean now in the streets since sweepers have made a pass in most areas.

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Another 7 miles and I arrived home:

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Another 22 miles in the books.  Think I am ready for a 30 mile ride.  We still have some conditioning to do before doing a Saratoga ride, but hopefully some time in May we can get down there (50 miles).

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19 thoughts on “Solo riding

  1. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Eegads! My stomach knots up just looking at your in-traffic photo! Which is why I have to throw my bike on my rack and take it one of several parks with riding paths. Works for me, as I am no where near getting in the distances you do. You certainly seem to have gotten your biking legs under you!

    I can almost smell that greenhouse.

    1. Lori Post author

      That’s why I don’t take too many road pictures for safety reasons. At a stop light, no problem, though. This is one of the busier roads and not my favorite, but it is actually a designated bike route.

  2. Kim

    Glad you were able to get in nice ride!!! It always makes me nervous when people are biking on the narrow 2 lane streets around here because of all the hills – hard to see them. The problem is we don’t have any great bike trails.
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    1. Lori Post author

      It’s that time of year to be careful for cycles and motorcycles. I don’t like narrow roads and avoid them if possible.

  3. Helen

    Your first photo is exactly how most of my riding would be, if I rode. It’s one of the reasons I don’t. I have friends who are triathletes and they drive themselves out of town to find a a better place to ride. You are quite blessed to have that bike path!
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    1. Lori Post author

      You do just get used to it after a while. It’s better to go out in early mornings for road riding for lighter traffic.

  4. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I love those dark red shrubs(?) foliage (?) whatever – really pretty!

    I think I should just send you pictures of my yard and you can tell me what to buy to make it pretty, lol. 🙂

    I have yet to get out on my bike but hope to this week. The temps look good and hoping for some days without the crazy wind!
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  5. Shelley B

    I’d only ride on the trails – traffic is scary enough when I run near it, but biking? Yikes! Still, it’s cool that you rode to the greenhouse (what a nice place!), and I’m happy for you that you got to get out and enjoy a good long ride. Plus that latte! That latte art! So fun. 🙂
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  6. Biz

    I am lucky that I live in the “sticks” so I don’t have to deal with much traffic when I walk – but bike paths like that would be awesome all the time, right?! I’d be nervous with big trucks in the road not being able to see me.
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  7. Fran

    Great ride! As for the bike paths: you really should plan a bike vacation to the Netherlands. You will think you’ve died and gone to heaven. My country is so biker friendly. Lots and lots of bike paths here.

    As for riding solo. I do my walks always alone. To be honest I don’t want to walk a 10K with someone and feel obliged to talk all the time. I like the quiet time and like looking around me.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday April 27, 2015: 365 Photo & 365 Days in Nature

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