Finally rode my first century!
Total time out....09:15:00
I always wondered if I could really ride 100 miles. My best up
untill now had been 64 to 66 miles, after which I was usually
saddle sore with a sore neck and sore hands and wrists. I feared
that 100 miles was going to forever be beyond my reach. Then
the "Recumbent" entered my life. Now I had the capability to spend
as long on the bike as I wanted to with no pain what-so-ever.
The elusive century mark was a possibility after all! I loaded up on
Carbs Wednesday night (two dishes of my wifes delisicious Goulash),
and hit the road at 08:15 Thursday morning. The route stayed mostly
along the shoreline of Lake Ontario and included a leisurely ride
through Hamlin Beach State Park where our family has camped often.
About 60 miles into the ride I called my wife and we arranged to meet
up later for lunch at a local burger stand. That lunch took place
84 miles into the ride and gave me the rest, fuel and renewed
vigor to finish out the ride.
Now I've satisfied my wonderment, I know I can do it, I know I too
am capable of riding 100 miles in a day. Will I do it again? Probably
not. After 40 or 50 miles it stopped being an adventure for me and
turned into somewhat of a task. I imagine I'll stick with three or four
hour 30 to 50 milers for the most part, though there is another
area challenge calling to me. The annual Erie Canal Tour from Buffalo
N.Y. to Albany N.Y. is a five day 400 mile supported Tour of which
approx. 2/3 is on the old towpath. It's just under $500.00 and usually
runs in July and it's been calling to me for a couple of years now.