Saturday, May 30, 2009

nice day, good ride

I expanded the loop a little further today. This is the last weekend I have off before I leave for Colorado. I should be able to get a lot of good rides in over the next few weeks, but I really wanted a century ride today, to reassure myself I can do it. Four or five of the days on BTC are near century days, so I want to be ready.

I rode around the edge of Gardner and stopped to take pictures of a couple cool, old houses. The brick one has been made into a funeral home.

Then outside of town is a little municipal airport. On the other end of town is a shiny new airport called New Century, but I like the old one better.

On the way to Edgerton there's a nursery with a lot of nice looking stuff, including, narrow trees.

I do enjoy reminders that we're pretty new to this land and some of those who precede us took a lot longer to make this trip than I did.

He flew off before I could get a picture of him at the shoreline, but the branch sticking out of the water at the far right is actually a heron.

This shot is of main street in Wellsville, cobblestones and all.

I stopped for a rest and a snack in the city park, and shot this picture of the water tower.

I must have taken a slightly shorter route home because it became apparent that I would end up with about 96 miles for the day. Call me compulsive, but that wasn't going to do, so I headed down the bike path near my house a couple miles, turned around, and headed for home. 100.8.

Now, I have to get up and see if I can walk in the morning. Assuming that's a go, can I get back on the bike, do another decent length ride, and feel like I'm ready to do it again the next day? I'm so looking forward to Colorado. If you've never done a week-long tour, one of the things that makes them great is this: everyday, all you have to worry about is eating and riding your bike, two of my favorite things!


  1. Wow, what a beautful place to ride through. Thanks for stopping and taking the photos. I love shots of different places seen on bike. And I would have done the extra 4 miles too.

  2. Good for you making it an even 100. I would have done the same thing.

  3. Looks like a beautiful ride -- you'll do fine out in CO.

  4. Good luck in Co and for the record I, like those previous have sais, would have made it a 100 and like you add some for good measure.

  5. I really appreciate the photos - it is so much fun to see the environment other cyclists experience. Great ride, and yes, you did the right thing for adding the 4 miles :) - can't wait to read and see your Colorado journey through your blog!

  6. Good luck in CO. Sounds like a great adventure ahead.