Not one for ride reports often, but thought i would give it a try. This ride ejected me pretty humble but i liked it alot.
Anyway, I woke up Sunday and decided i was going to ride to my parents house. Between commuting and busy weekends lately i had been riding a ton, but had not done some of the longer distances I wanted to do. So i was up and had little to do in the morning, my fiancÚ had gone to church and i told her i was going to go on a ride.
I knew it was going to be about 30 miles each way. I was pretty excited because i live maybe 15 min outside Philly and it is pretty standard suburbs, but i grew up in the "countryish" area of jersey (IE the middle) and i knew after about 15 miles the road starts getting really nice (very smooth, with a good 5 foot shoulder).
For all those who associate NJ with the 25 mile radius outside Newark airport i took some pics of the "countryish" areas that i grew up with and gave the state its name.
On the way out...notice the Corn growing (Jersey corn is good)
On the way back (starting to get cloudy)
The trusty Steed
Anywhoo i made great time going out 33 miles at an average of 17.5. I walk into my parents house for the "surprise visit" and no one is there, and something smells. I fill up my water bottles and as i am leaving i notice that they Fogged the house (insectacide)...hah it would seem my parents are trying to kill me. Anyway i was anticipating taking a break to visit with them, but since they weren't there i just hopped back on the bike...WOW after the 5-8 min off the legs kinda lost something i was barely breaking 13 mph from 35-45 miles and was pretty beat (but i did pass someone, and that made me happy) after about 45 miles i stopped to fill up at a convenience store and stretched out properly and got some of my legs back.
Unfortunately i found out from my fiancÚ that bad Thunderstorms were approaching. So i continue on my way and at mile 52 or so some guys rides up and rides with me for about 5 miles, talking to him made the time fly, but he then had to turn away (tried to leave me but never got more than 100 yards away until he turned ) anyway as promised the Storms arrive with about 7 miles to go. The temp went from high 80s to mid 50s instantly and the wind was whipping everything around, the sky finally opened up with about 1 mile to go and i arrived very wet to my fiancÚ on the porch worrying that i had died.
total trip stats:
66.60 miles (perhaps a bad omen)
time 4 hour 5min
max speed 33.5mph
Net elevation: 0ft (i started and stopped at the same place )
Elevation: (well it is south jersey so very flat mapmyride gives me a min of 30 ft and max of 217 ft) All my "mountains" on the elevation profile are right in the middle (parents house) the worst seems to be a
Mapmyride calories says 4500 i think that is alot generous. the worse "climb" seems to be about 120 ft in .4 miles... not exactly the rockies.
The really neat thing is due to the roads and small towns it takes an hour to driver there, but took less than 2 to get there 4 hour round trip on bike and 2 in a car, not bad.
sorry if this was boring, feel free to just look at my 2 pictures