As I write this, my computer is dying a slow slow death. I just got the “deathly black screen” on my desktop and I can’t find any of my files…. Past ride reports and pictures. This makes me sad. Oh well… another reason to pay someone a lot of money to try to fetch my stuff and fix my computer. I mean $150 to find one folder??? Really? Yikes.
Anyway, I was really looking forward to riding all week. It was a tough week at work with private dinners and other events so I was happy to end the week. Plus Friday was a comp day so I got to drive out to Lancaster, PA to go to the largest Under Armour outlet store. More on that later.
Today’s ride was much needed. We met in Middletown and took a quick stop at a local favorite restaurant (actually a hole in the wall) called Helens. They are known for three things: 1) their deep fried sausage sandwiches 2) their off the wall hours from 4 am to noon on weekends and 3) their real real real long lines.
We got to Helens around 8:15 I think, hoping to eat something before the ride. We got in line and waited…waited..and waited and then we had to leave. Yup… went to a Delaware iconic food stop to just wait and leave like that. Felt cheated…. Like the pig (sausage) was laughing at me, taunting me and laughing more and more. I had hurt feelings. We had to leave so we could make it to the start place by 9 AM so we could meet anyone else who wanted to ride (and for the record… no one was waiting for us…COME ON PEOPLE…. Lets ride!!!)
Yup, it was cold. Yup it was windy and yup it was winter time. But it was a great day to ride. We loaded up and pedaled on.
The scenic views were amazing. This flat area we were on had it all from wet lands to wild life, to long stretches of trees, fallen leaves, beautiful colors, dogs, horses, and the list goes on. We stopped and relaxed some as well so we could take in the wild life and surroundings. Saw some hawks too which was neat.
We rode past a correctional facility and Jim D gave us the history on that. We rode to the beach, got some pictures and watched the guys fish off the pier. We were passed by some corn trucks so we pedaled onto the corn mill and it made for a neat picture.
It was a windy day and Jim B, Jim D and I took turns pulling the crew and having fun. The sun was out shining and when we started, it was 39 degrees out. Most people would say no to riding but I must say that it’s perfect riding weather.
I normally don’t endorse anything (except Giant Bikes) but I too was one of those people who could have easily turned down winter rides until a friend turned me onto Under Armour. Here is my thoughts:
Under Armour Compression Leggings: This was the first time I used these and they were great. Kept my legs warm while wicking away the sweat. You will feel cold with these… they are not wind proof but they do keep you warm. http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pid1221714-001
Under Armour Long Sleeve Crew Shirt: This is the first piece I ever bought from UA and it works wonders. Keeps your core warm which helps performance (at least for me). Wicks away sweat and helps to keep some cold air out too. http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pid1004604-001
Head Gear: I needed something to keep my bald head, ears, mouth and sometimes nose warm so this is what I bought on Friday. I will tell ya…. It’s worth its weight in gold. I wore it for 20 miles of the ride. Took it off for the last 8 miles and my head was cold. This face protection gives you a lot of options as far as what you want to protect. http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pid1223223-001
(and I always thought these were only for ninjas and for people who break into buildings….who knew!)
Wool Glove Liners: I do not own a pair of these yet but Jim B let me borrow his. Freaking great. Kept my hands warm. The problem is that I had to give them back to him at the end of the ride. I think I am screwed for tomorrow!
So what I am trying to tell ya all is that you CAN keep warm, have a fun time and ride too. I would rather ride when it is cold out versus the humidity in July and August.
All in all, great November ride. Didn’t see any other cyclists out there riding, not many cars, a lot of wild life and pretty scenery. Not much else could beat a day like this.
I hope you all enjoy the pictures!
p.s. As I told you, Helens closes at noon on weekends so when we were on the last 3 miles of the ride, I look over to Jim D and he was looking at his watch. I knew exactly what he was thinking. His speed picked up dramatically and we were gunning for the cars, unload and head straight to Helens to get something to eat. We made it with 5 minutes to spare. Line was short and so were the menu selection. They were out of everything except pork chop sandwich and scrapple. Jim D got the pork chop and I got the scrapple sandwich since I had no clue what it was. The pork chop sandwich was sooooooooooo big. I couldn’t believe it. We ate in Jim’s car which was in front of the restaurant and we watched numerous people coming up to try to get into the restaurant but it was locked. We were the last people. The looks on their face were priceless!