Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year's Day Ride

What a comedy today's ride was!

It started out ok. I got up and started out around 6:30 AM. It was about 44 degrees Fahrenheit, but the sun was coming out, I could tell, there were not a lot of clouds.

But as I rode farther to the west, I noticed more and more a patches of fog.

And Misson Bay was totally socked in!

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You know it's think when water is dripping off the helmet mirror!

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What's up with the black mirror? I thought there would be a neat reflection!
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I didn't see any other cyclists until I got to Mission Bay.

One of the things I wanted to do on this ride was to see the Fay Ave. bike path, because it goes on the old La Jolla Railroad roadbed. As I rode along I realized I rode this path with an AYH group about fifteen years ago!

My next goal was to take a picture of a giant ham radio antenna on Mt. Soledad that I heard about. Of course, I didn't take a map. So, of course, I got lost and never found it. In looking back, I wasn't even CLOSE!

And so, now I have to do this whole ride again!

Riding along Garnet I heard something go clink!, so I pulled over. Turned out my smelly yellow Walmart coin purse had bounced out of its pocket, dumping quarters all over the road. Several passers-by were amused.

Hanging my head in fail, I wandered back to Mission Bay, where the fog was clearing. Quickly computing, I realized I would need a couple of extra miles to make it fifty today. So I headed down to the jetty, always good for a couple of miles.

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Over by the boat businesses I spotted (how could on MISS it?) this big ol' boat. I THOUGHT I had memorized the name, so I could Google it, but apparently not. And the picture is so blurry (fogged lens?) that one cannot make it out. Alas!

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I headed home from there. Climbing the Montezuma Hill, at the steepest part, I hit a pavement ridge and fell over. Fortunately no one was there to see. A few feet farther, at the top of the hill, I realized I was getting ANOTHER FLAT TIRE!! ON THE REAR! Zoinks! So I pulled over to a handy bench in front of a big dorm high-rise and replaced the tube, having had the foresight to BRING an extra tube, this time. I found three little pieces of glass in the tire.

I hopped back on the bike, realized I hadn't re-fastened the rear brake straddle cable. Stopped a couple miles farther on, found out I COULDN'T re-fastend the rear brake straddle cable. I don't know why. I came OFF all right. Oh, well, it's mostly upgrade the rest of the way, I'll just leave it off.

I re-computed, and realized I would need yet ANOTHER two miles to make it to fifty. So I headed down'n'back on 70th, then over to the library to check the hours. Once home, that made fifty miles.

Done!

Today's ride mileage: 50.17 miles (80.77 km) in 4 hours, 17 minutes, 43 seconds riding time. That would be an 11.71 mph average.

But in elapsed time, 5.5 hours. THAT would be a 9.21 mph average. Not so good!

And I'm sunburned!

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