So, yeah, I did. A club ride got posted for the day after my 1.5 Century, starting from Victor. As luck will have it, the start point is in a park about 19 miles down the Auburn Trail from home, making a “commute” a no-brainer. The route, The Bastions of Bristol, turned out to be a complete opposite of the billiards table west of Rochester. And the group that assembled was peppered with strong, fast and certainly better rested riders than myself. To say I struggled the entire route should be obvious and I was infinitely relieved that the route was only 30+ miles.
Because I still had to get home.
It was a slow roll starting up the trail, but I had enough water and no deadline so I could ramp up the gears as they became “available”. Soon, I was back in Pittsford with a destination in mind before picking off the last few miles (79 total) of the day.
And today, a rest day. A Special Day. Our 28th Anniversary.
We took a road trip, first to North Tonawanda where we visited the Herschell Carrousel Museum. I first discovered the place when I once had to take a bike tour group to an “alternate activity” due to weather and this place fit the bill.
Karen loved the idea, so while looking up info, we discovered a railroad museum just blocks away, so we visited that as well on our way out of town. And to make a mega-day of it, we lunched at a bar & grill in Medina (great burger!) and spent the rest of the day (till almost closing time) at the Medina Railroad Museum, gawking over the biggest model train layout in the state!
Terrific Day. Much needed. Exhausted.