It’s been a quiet weekend consisting mostly of sleeping late and reading. I decided to stay off the bike this weekend since I’ve been struggling with a cold for the past week or so, and I thought it would be better to just rest and try and recuperate. I think the decision has worked, I’m feeling much better today. The lungs are still clearing out, but I have the sense that’s exactly what is happening now when I cough…clearing. Sorry for sharing so much!
Mostly I read from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which is a novel, but I also read a fair bit of the latest issue of The Atlantic—July/August Issue. And today is Sunday so there was an article or two in the NY Times that Marcella gets every weekend; in particular a story in the Travel section about cycle touring in France that was interesting—maybe, someday!
And now I’m watching some of the Tour du Suisse on Versus channel on TV. It’s only about three weeks away from the beginning of the Tour de France. That time frame also means time for controversy and doping allegations to emerge. There seems to be a pattern of these things being revealed in the couple of weeks immediately prior to the beginning of the race. Oh well, we shall see.
How many weeks has it been since I’ve gotten in a good ride? I’m not sure, but I finally got a decent ride in again this morning, and I got to explore a little bit; connect some roads that I never tried before and basically combine pieces of different rides.
I headed out a little before 8 A.M. The weather was fairly comfortable, maybe even just slightly on the cool side, but I didn’t wear any extra gear. I knew it would warm up soon enough. Basically I headed south out of Greensboro into the surrounding County roads, and a little bit into Randolph County.
The new portion of the ride is where I branched off onto River Mill Road and then Hockett Dairy Road (yes there was actually a dairy farm). I used this to connect through, with a brief patch on Randleman Road, to Davis Mill Road which took me to Steeple Chase and then on into the Pleasant Garden Community. The riding is pretty nice over there. I think the name fits.
There was one patch of surprising traffic as I looped back home on Ritters Lake Road between Pleasant Garden Road and South Elm. I think people are using that segment to connect through to an interstate exchange nearby on Elm, but I didn’t remember there being so much traffic before at that hour of the morning on a Sunday.
Anyway, all total I managed 36.7 miles with an average speed of 16 mph. It’s not earthshaking, but at least I got the miles in my legs, and it made me happy.