It’s long ride day! I was up early and came down to make brekkie. It was 47 degrees out when I got up. Can you believe that? That’s what mountain area does. It did warm up to 80 degrees, though.
I put on a big pot of coffee and made some banana custard steel cut oats that I had soaked overnight:
Missing from this pic is the drool I wiped off my mouth! This bowl was tasty. I need to figure out something to do for long ride days, though, as John sleeps a couple hours later than I do, so I eat too early. Maybe I should have just a small snack and then a bigger breakfast later.
I puttered around in the garden and got stuff ready for the ride. We decided to pack a lunch today to save a little money and then just spend on a couple snacks.
Fabulously gorgeous day! It seems every single Saturday has been nice this summer.
15 miles later and we ended up at the lake:
The sky was so clear and the water was so blue. Nature is the most amazing thing. The classic car show was going on today. Always something happening during tourist season.
Delorean – made out of stainless steel.
A Triumph with wooden dashboard panel and a beautiful cranberry color:
Old school mini Cooper:
And a pic for my dad, even though I don’t think he reads my blog – a Road Runner:
We ate lunch in the park, which consisted of chicken salad and a piece of the bread I made yesterday.
Nice view of the lake:
Hmmmm…. closer look. Is this man naked? You be the judge:
We didn’t go around to find out. Back on the bikes and we continued northwest to Warrensburg. First time up this way and there was a long slow climb of probably 4 miles. I was dripping sweat, but didn’t have to stop at all. Warrensburg is a small town, but cute.
We stopped in at Willow Bistro because we had a BOGO coupon.
It’s very tiny and cute inside. I would love to open a place like this. I had a latte and a scone:
Hooray for carbs!
This was around 22 miles or so. We then headed back the way we came, which was nice going down that 4 mile hill! Except for the headwind.
We kept going in a really large loop. At mile 38, we stopped at a grocery store to pick up some ibuprofen since John was getting a headache. Perfect time for some coconut water!
Nice tip – we froze these overnight so they would thaw out during the ride. They were slushy and delicious!!
I was really feeling good at this point. I wanted some yogurt, though! We biked off to Cooper’s Cave, which we reached at the 46 mile point:
We parked our bikes next to a Trek and a Giant. With John’s Specialized and my Fuji, it was a pricey rack full of the who’s who of biking.
I got something special! A Mexican sundae with yogurt, which is peanut butter sauce and chocolate fudge on top. With whipped cream (no cherry as I don’t eat cherries ever).
It. was. so. good. I jumped around a little after the first bite because it made me so happy. I think my body really wanted the glucose rush from it. I was going to get ice cream, but I decided since I had the scone earlier, I would get yogurt.
Then we biked the last bit home.
52.9 miles (may as well say 53)
Ride time (not including stops) 4:12
Avg speed 12.6 mph
Top speed 27.5
Calories burned: 1625
Either I am getting used to the seat fast or the anti-chafing gel is amazing because no problems and I know I have another 10 miles in me for the charity ride in 2 weeks. Of course, I won’t have the breaks like I do on our rides LOL! I was saying to John at how I was feeling lazy biking today. Like 53 miles is being lazy! This was quite a hilly ride. Good practice for the duathlon in October, and I have no idea what the course is for the charity ride!
The day is almost over. I get one day a week where I don’t work and it goes by so fast. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend the day with my best friend doing something I love and eating some good food!