|Valley Preferred Lehigh Valley Velodrome|
So, in lieu of going to Harrisonburg, I spent my three day weekend ... around bikes just the same! On Friday night, Joanna and I headed up to the Valley Preferred Velodrome in Trexlertown for the last night of the season. I even saw Mark, Jay and a few other guys from the JB team out there. It was a really cool night -- the 2nd intermission featured a group of kids who were in chemo treatment riding the track as part of the Spokes of Hope Night.
|Good use of cycling|
The racing action was great too -- the finals for the Madison championship, the corporate challenge, a few miss-and-outs -- good stuff! It was really cool to get up there for the first time this year. I always enjoy the races there.
On Saturday morning, I slept in (until 7:30) and then headed down to Wissahickon for a loop. I got about 15 miles in but then my front tire went flat, and my spare was torn as well (this has happened a few times now. I need to check it more often.) So I bailed on the ride, headed home and Joanna and I made a trip over to the Polish Festival at the Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown. (Why does an Irishman go to a Polish festival? When he's married to someone who's half-Polish, I guess ...)
|Typical Saturday ... listen to some Polka, drinkin' Polish beers ...|
The food at the festival was outstanding .... Kielbasa and pierogies? That'll do.
When I got home, I cleaned up the Misfit top-to-bottom - everything from the bar-ends to the wheels - and swapped out the 18t I've been running for a 20t since I had a plan to get out and ride some bigger miles today. (I figured if I wasn't at the SM100, I could at least do a longer ride on my own.)
So this morning, I woke up bright and early and headed out to Blue Marsh for a two lap ride. However, it was pouring in the Reading area this morning. I mean, when I reached the park, it was coming down in droves. It's a long drive, so I wasn't going to go home. So I saddled up and headed out. Ultimately, it was just too muddy and wet to do a full two laps, so I settled for 40 miles in the muck. It was a mess in some places, not so bad in many others. But it was still a nice long ride, and I hadn't been on one of those in some time. So it's all good.
|Post-ride ... Looks like a spring ride!|
|The Misfit agrees ...|