Sunday, July 16, 2023

What day of the week is it?

 When you start riding multiple days you tend to just focus on the essentials of biking; wake up, breakfast, pack bag, hit the road, lunch, ice cream, end of ride, check into hotel, wash up, a drink or so, dinner, sleep, repeat.

The news outside of the weather is not significant if at all. Day of the week is ignored unless you need to get your bike repaired, but that's about it.

As I write this blog, I had to look at the calendar to figure out that's is Sunday. Maybe that explains that the traffic was light today and many of the shops and stores we closed. It's really pleasant to be in this bubble as we move along almost oblivious to the squabbling that consumes us on the nightly news or the internet.

The weather is always the primary topic each day. Is it going to be too hot, is it going to be too cool in the morning, are those storm clouds moving in, what direction is the wind blowing and how strong?

The topic last night was rain, heavy rain. With our cell phones out last night, everyone tuned to their own favorite app, we became meteorologist meteorologist, each stating as if we knew what we were talking about, when the rain was going to start this evening, how hard it was going to rain and for how long and are thunderstorms involved?

For all the angst expressed over dinner and the walk back to the hotel, the morning materialized with a bit of a drizzle having rained heavily while we slept. As we left the motel, the sky was gloomy with heavy gray clouds not really giving us a clear sign of what the day was going to be. We had a place to be, Watertown NY, and rain or not, off we went.

We were very fortunate that the rains held off save some drizzle at lunch and up to 10 miles from the end. Where in Adams NY I pulled off into a Stewart's Shop for an ice cream. As I pulled in, a line of the faster rides followed me into the parking lot. Stewart's was running a special, $1.00 off banana split or brownie sundae.

Despite my better judgement, I went for the banana split. Yes, it was indeed as large as it looked.

As luck would have it, while we were wolfing down our treats, the rain came through and ended minutes before the ice cream was gone. Then we simply jumped back on the bikes and finished the ride.

All of today's photos (link)

Keep the rubber side down,

Brian Cox

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