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Thursday Bike Ride

Today I decided I needed some stress-relief, so I should take advantage of being unemployed and get some exercise. First I went skating (which was quite hurty on my knee (bleh)). Then I drove to Freedom Hill Park, because I'd read there was a bike path there that connected to Metro Beach Park. There was indeed, a paved path that more-or-less followed Big Beaver all the way to Lake St Clair. It was about 10 miles one way (more if you accidentally turn right instead of left after going under I94).

It was a perfectly stunning fall day. It was sunny, with a bit of crisp wind, and 70 degrees. As I rode there the miles just disappeared under my tires, and I was awestruck at what a splendid day it was. It's interesting because I've driven that stretch before. Riding my bike, I noticed so much more -- little streams the road went over, trees, and such. Driving, I might notice buildings but that's all.

After adding a few extra miles by a wrong turn (that was actually very pretty along a river, so I think I'll make that wrong turn next time too), I found the right path and ended up at Metro Beach Park. It, like the path, was almost empty. There were an elderly couple here and there, and a tiny number of younger people like me. Several times I thought to myself, "Why aren't people out here, on such a beautiful day?" Then I remembered that it's a thursday, and most people had jobs to be at. It's so foreign to me, to be out when most people are working, that I went through that same surprised thought process several times today.

The park's view of the lake was just beautiful. The water shimmered in the sunshine, and it was all kinds of nice. I hung out there for awhile, then headed back. Heading back, I discovered why the ride there had been so effortless.... I rode into a strong headwind, all 10 miles of the ride. Yuck! It was pretty vicious, and I didn't pay much attention to the scenery anymore, just keeping my head down and pedaling.

I did enjoy seeing a woman on the path in front of me, walking an actual SWARM of chihuahuas. She had to have at least eight maybe ten of the little critters, holding so many leashes in one hand it looked like a spider web. They were all well-behaved, trotting forward together in a cluster even with a bicycle passing by them.

I went just over 25 miles total, which is good practice since I'm going to attempt a century on saturday. Just four times that.... can't be TOOOOO hard, right?? We'll find out I guess.

It was a lovely afternoon, and a nice break from job-stresses. I could get used to this, if only I didn't need those darn paychecks!


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c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: October 10th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Where was your ride to? I'd done about 17 miles averaging 16-18 MPH. Maybe I could keep up with your road ride?

(Maybe I should wait until I get a non-mountain bike...)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I just read your post. Amusingly enough, I went to Metro Beach too! (From Freedom Hill. Just finished adding text to my photo here, so you can read all about it)

It was on my own though, and in the daytime. Sadly the road ride I was doing is over for the season, as they can't outrace the sunset anymore. You can give it a try next year though!
c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: October 10th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Er, they don't have lights? Heh.

I like doing my (22 and Schoenherr) house to Metro and back. It's about 44 miles. Tonight just wasn't enough for me, even though it was a fun ride.

Do you have a mountain bike? Massive Fallout is Saturday.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
There are lots of night mountain bike rides going on right now with the club, but no more evening road bike rides. They are worried about a pack of road bikes in the dark, more concern for flat tires from not spotting potholes and whatnot.

No... I have a hybrid, but I'll be here on saturday:
Gonna (maybe) try my first century!
c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: October 10th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat. :) Good luck with that. I really want to get a cross bike (Surly Cross Check) for mixed road/path/trail riding.

Which club's rides are those again? I do a bunch of MMBA rides, and this time of year they just happen to be in the dark.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wolverine Sports Club

However I'm not sure how up-to-date their calendar is, so I'd email before showing up at a ride!

Edited at 2008-10-10 04:24 pm (UTC)
c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: October 10th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's right. Those guys. They are probably a bit beyond me at this point.
From: writerwench Date: October 10th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely ride! Yeah, I've done that out-with-the-wind, back-against-it thing - hard damn work at times, but I suppose it's a great way to improve fitness.

I'm taking my car bike-rack and off-road wheels down to Newhome tomorrow... may yet get some use out of my bike before winter!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 10th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
aww... yay!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 10th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you have to pay to get into Metro Beach?

I went there once and was amazed to have to pay to get it.

I am used to having a free park on the lakefront.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 11th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't. I think cars normally have to pay, but I don't think anybody was charged during then. Maybe it's off-season.
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: October 11th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Two is plenty. Ten? Oy, the noise.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 11th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Nobody made a sound! They were impressively well-behaved. She said she was a trainer...

Actually now that I think about it not a single dog on the path barked at me. Good dogs!
djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: October 11th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is amazing. Good dogs!
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