Still without my Misfit this weekend (well, not entirely - but more on that later.) Now, the OCLV has been a trooper in its absence, but today I decided to hit the road, so to speak.
I drove up to the Lehigh Valley Velodrome for a road ride out of the Rodale Park across the street. I really love to ride up there - the roads all seem to be low traffic and perfect for cycling, and there's a little of everything - some steep climbs, rolling hills and wide open straight-aways. It's about as perfect a place to head out on the road as there is in PA.
|Features of rides through the Lehigh Valley ... farms ...|
|... Long wide open stretches road ...|
|... Low traffic roads with a view ...|
|... a couple of steep climbs ...|
|... Some longer than others ...|
|... And some beautiful residential areas - you could do worse than live in the Lehigh Valley.|
Except when there's wind ...
And today ... there was wind.
I ultimately rode about 60 miles, but it was really like two completely different 30 mile rides back-to-back.
The first 30 miles were a slog - into the wind almost the whole way out to Kutztown University. All I could do was try to keep my head down and keep pushing forward. It sucked. Every time I'd get a break and think I was finally out of the headwind, the road would bend right back into it. It was pretty much ceaseless for 30 miles. I think I averaged about 15 mph through the first 30.
|Scenic farms roads become a source of agony when headwinds and crosswinds enter the equation.|
The second 30 was a completely different story - on the way back to Trexlertown, having the wind at my back was like having a jet engine strapped to me. On the way back, I averaged about 23 mph or so of moving speed. That's about as fast as I've ever gone for that kind distance - it didn't matter if I was going uphill, downhill or flat -- I was over 20 mph the whole time I was moving, and frequently much higher. I'd love to say that was all me, but I know better - just like I know that 15 mph wasn't me on the way out, that 23 for 30 on the way back was with the help of a big push from Mother Nature.
|Long open sections of road are much more pleasant when the wind is at your back.|
All things considered, it was another beautiful day to ride. I don't like wind - could have done without that - but even a windy ride is better than no ride at all. And riding 60 miles on those roads is just fun -- windy or not.
|The Lehigh Valley is a roadie's paradise - long endless roads that look like they were built just for cyclists are everywhere.|
|The first step was cleaning up the mess that was the old shop ...|
|Joanna gave me a bunch of storage crates and boxes for my birthday to help with organization ...|
|The center of the shop, as always, is the work stand area.|
|After all was said and done, my tools were shelved and organized, and my SS cogs were all in one place - finally!|
|Plenty of storage ... and even some extra light when needed!|
|I have a stack of race numbers I will eventually hang up, but there are so many that I need to put them together in some reasonable combination before I put them on the wall|
|Despite all indications to the contrary, I'm not always all about the bike - I love to get out on the snowboard, too!|
|Now I have room for all my bottles and nutrition, too!|
|At the other end of the basement, my cleanup area is ready for wet gear - there's even a mat to put my wet shoes on.|
|The Krame played a big roll in the planning and execution of the new bike shop, so after it was all done, he understandably wanted to just hang loose for a while.|
|All set up and ready to go - the new and improved 1Speed bike shop is open for business!|
|A new set of Maxxis Ikons await the return of the Misfit ...|
Up next week - heading up to Cathedral Pines!