Another nice weather day for riding on Saturday. I found my Road ID. This was something that was missing before we moved and then I just recently found it – a year later!! It was tucked away in a bag and I found it when I was looking for something else.
Our plan was for a cupcake ride to Saratoga. It was good and sunny, so I slathered up with sunscreen and we headed out after lunch.
We stopped around mile 9 for a quick snack of some dried pineapple and to sit in the shade.
We were heading along quickly. John was in front and around mile 12 or so, we could hear a funny noise from his bike, which sounded like metal hitting his spokes and then you could hear a gush of air. Flat! John hit some slim piece of metal that sliced through the tire into the tube.
It almost looks like a razor blade stuck in there. So, we got out the new tube and tools and John proceeded to change the tube. However, the tire wouldn’t seat back properly on the rim. This was a problem he had last year with this tire and we aren’t sure if it is the rim or the tire. Whichever, it sort of settled in, but with such a big gash in the tire, he didn’t want to pump the tube up too far because it might extrude through and pop. So, after deliberation, we decided to turn around and go home. It would have been almost 10 miles to Saratoga and then 20 more miles to get home. We figured it would be best to head home so he could change out the tire. So, no cupcake this day. 🙁
On the way back, we did decide to stop for Sweet Frog Yogurt. This was around mile 22 or so?
John was a little grumpy at the flat spoiling the ride, but he cheered up with some froyo:
Ah yes, the sweaty bike look. Oh well, it was pretty empty in there anyway, so we didn’t scare anyone away! My hair is just long enough to put into a little hamster tail at the base of my neck. I have been growing it out since around January. I had an angled bob and it was shaved in the back.
Peanut butter sauce on this! The extra bonus is that we actually had a filled out loyalty card and so we got $5 off.
We went the rest of the way home and I was going to keep riding after dropping John off, but he decided he wanted to go back out again after changing the tire, so I waited. It was close to dinner and we figured we would go out and loop for a couple slices of pizza on the way back.
We went out by the municipal airport. There are a lot of industrial businesses along that road, including a granite place.
The slabs are really quite pretty. I like granite, but not sure I would want it as a counter surface.
Then it was just a couple miles back home.
We ended up with 37.5 miles, but it seemed like a much longer ride LOL! Between the long stop with the tire issues and then another half hour at home changing the tire. We still got in a decent ride, though. Guess the cupcake will have to be next week 🙂