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Ride 8: Destination Grafton

I couldn’t ride yesterday due to the crazy wind all day. I play chess in Grafton on Wednesdays so decided to combine both and take the bike. It was supposed to rain in the afternoon but it looked like I had plenty of time.

It was a perfect, if overcast day for a ride. Grafton lies along the east bank of the Black River so I saw a lot of wildlife and picturesque scenes.

The downtown seems dead now as most of the growth has been north in Elyria, (my hometown).  The population of the town hovered around 2300 in 2000 but then two prisons were built along Rt. 83 and the population jumped to over 6500.

I got to McDonald’s around 10:15 and played chess with my buddies until 1pm.  They are a couple of old farts and they enjoy the chess although they aren’t nearly as serious as I am.  Right now I’m teaching them The Scotch Gambit.

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As soon as I left it started to rain.  I was shocked that the weatherman was wrong as to when the rain would start. Unfortunately the plan was to ride around town after chess and take some pictures. The rain put a damper on that.  I’ll have to take pictures in the future and add them.

I felt much better during this ride.  It shows as my average speed is increasing and I feel better each time I ride. This was an easy 20.9 mile ride.

There isn’t much to Grafton, the best part of the ride was seeing nature all around me.  At one point a deer walked across the road twenty feet ahead of me.

Now for the metrics:

Grafton Metrics

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Ride 7: Destination Huntington (aborted)

I had a plan. I set my alarm for 6:45am, get up and out the door by 7:15 and ride to Huntington.  I’d never been there before and I heard they have a civil war monument.

selfie

 

Grabbed my iPhone and it was 2% charged.  I looked at my charger and realized it was unplugged from the wall.  Ah ha.  Oh well.  I plugged it in and checked the weather.  A storm was coming in from the west but it was moving slowly.  Arrival time was approximately 10am so I had plenty of time.  Around 7:40 it was up to 35% so I grabbed my gear, took a rare (and after seeing the pic knew why) selfie and headed out.

 

The sky was dark to the west so I needed to keep an eye on it.  Once out of my development I saw a house that I’ve always loved but never got around to taking a picture.  Here it is.

Old House on Nickel Plate Diagonal Road

Old House on Nickel Plate Diagonal Road

 

The wind was pretty strong due to the wind but my legs were fresh and I figured when I came home it would be much easier.  After a couple miles I reached down and there was no water bottle.  Who needs water on a humid June day?  I persevered and headed south.  The wind kept getting worse but mornings are a great time to ride.  I got a little farther south than I normally go when I came upon a railroad track.  As I crossed it I could see a curtain of rain about one hundred yards ahead.  It was slowly coming my way so I turned around and immediately found I could easily cruise at 18-20 mph.  It’s amazing, a tailwind makes me feel like I’m twenty-five again.

I could feel a few drops now and then but I stayed just ahead of it.

I’m disappointed that I didn’t make it to Huntington but I will soon.  It was still a fun ride.

The metrics:

Huntington aborted metrics

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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