Last weekend was such an unpredictable weather weekend that we didn’t do our usual long ride, so I was looking forward to Saturday!
It was a mostly cloudy day and temps in the upper 70s, so a good day for riding. There was a bit of breeze, but it was coming from the east, making it a crosswind which didn’t really affect the riding. There is no path on the way to Saratoga, just road riding, so not terribly exciting for pictures.
We stopped around mile 9 or so? for a little rest and snack:
Yummy, yummy dried pineapple!
Tick and poison ivy country, right here…
We hit up Saratoga at mile 20 and checked out the Bread Basket for the first time in at least a year.
They have good cupcakes – or gut bombs as we like to call them. These are big suckers.
Mine was peanut butter. It was filled with peanut butter mousse and topped with peanut butter frosting and ganache. John had a Boston Cream. So yummy! Especially after 20 miles of riding. Today was opening day for the Saratoga Race Track, so hardly anyone was downtown since they were all at the track. That was quite nice, I have to say.
After eating, we walked over to Congress Park and looked around. There is a section with a sundial surrounded by Pan and the Maenads:
Pan is a wee bit creepy:
We didn’t spend too long here and headed home, well-fueled by cupcakes! We booked home. This is around mile 32 or so on the day. It’s at the top of a small hill and overlooks a long way.
It was feeling a little humid and I was glad for the cloud cover. Our arrival home:
Total miles: 41.5
Average speed: 13.4 mph
Top speed 26.6 mph
Saddle time: 3 hours 6 minutes
Calories burned: 1452.
It was a good ride. We are in good shape for the season and these rides feel pretty easy, even with the hills. I really pushed on the one big long hill on the way home to see if I could accelerate on the climb, which I actually was able to do! I think watching the Tour de France influences my riding LOL!
Speaking of le Tour, it was very good this year. I was rooting for Nairo Quintana and if there was one more day in the mountains, I think he would have won. He will win in the future, that is for sure.
Funniest quote of the tour came from Geraint Thomas. There was one stage where he just had a really bad day and went down in the standings because he just didn’t have enough energy to keep up. After the race he said “Sometimes you are the hammer and sometimes you are the nail. Today I was a cheapie little Ikea nail.” I think we have all been there.