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Riding, cupcakes and kitties

What a gorgeous weekend!  So glad my bike isn’t inside on the trainer just yet :D  It has been a while since we rode, though.  I really wanted to ride to breakfast on Sunday, even though we also wanted to ride later.   When I saw the temps were in the low 40s, I said I was riding to breakfast!  Funny how warm becomes relative the closer it gets to winter.

We did have to bundle up this morning.  Three layers here.

My eyes were watering a bit when we first started out and my nose was running like a sieve, but I was so happy to be biking again!  We were also happy to get to breakfast and get our hands around some warm mugs of coffee at Coffee Planet

It was such  a nice relaxing breakfast.  I love my Sunday morning relaxing.  We biked home and decided to go back out riding again after lunch.  12 miles done.

Meanwhile, remember Boo’s sibling stray that I called Lily?  Turns out Lily is Billy.  This cat was not like Boo and I hadn’t fed him or anything, although he did see me feeding Boo before.  He was not coming around at all, and then he showed up yesterday. I don’t know what changed, but I went out with food today and crouched down and he came right over, shaking like a leaf (I cried a little over that).  He wolfed down the food.  I also noted at this time he is an intact male.

He was outside as we were just getting ready to leave on the next ride of the day.  I made John wait while I got some food.

He’s in rough shape.  He has scabs and cuts on his face, so either fighting or possibly rolled by a car. After eating food, he let me pet him and rubbed on my legs.  This is 180 degree turnaround from not wanting anything to do with me.  It’s amazing what hunger and cold do.  Here he is a little content after eating.

You can see some of the wounds on his face.

Gotta love my patient husband, too, all ready to ride while I took care of the kitty.  We headed south on Route 4 down to Schuylerville to get some coffee.  There was quite a headwind on the way there – whew!  I didn’t complain, though.  Usually I whine about the wind, but I was so happy to be biking that I didn’t.  It had warmed up into the 50s, too, and was nice and sunny.  John wanted to stop and take off his jacket.

Happy!

Route 4 goes through rural Washington County and along the canal.  We stopped at our usual rest stop, which is 8 miles from home.

John stretching.

I guess that is stretching.  Or the cycling version of Stayin’ Alive.

At mile 14 (or 26 on the day), we arrived in Schuylerville.  This is another small town, but actually more bike friendly.  They have cute bike racks:

It’s also close to Saratoga, so there is some horse influence here as well.

Nice vacant building in the background there, too.  There are 2 coffee places and one bakery here. Both coffee shops were closed (Sunday), so we headed to the bakery cafe called Over the Moon.  I had some coffee and what was probably the last cupcake ride of the season (wahhhh!!!)

This was a carrot cake cupcake. John had a slice of chocolate cake with cream cheese icing.  All baked on the premises and delicious!

The best thing about riding someplace in a strong headwind?  Going home is super fast! Even though it is gradually uphill to home over the 14 miles, we were much, much faster on the way home.  It’s scary how fast the sun goes down now.  We stopped for a bit of a break.  My sit bones were a little tired from riding this much after not riding much lately.

All the leaves are gone now and things are turning brown.

Still pretty, though.

We rolled on home the rest of the way.  Definitely felt this ride.  Still got the hill legs though, just barely.  That last hill home, tough, but we both made it groaning all the way!

Total day stats (breakfast and afternoon rides)

Total distance: 38.7 miles

Average speed:  12.8 mph

Calories burned:  1144

Very good ride.  Each one we take I wonder if it is the last outdoor ride for the year.

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23 comments to Riding, cupcakes and kitties

  • Kim

    I’m glad you took care of the kitty. Wonder what he will do during the winter. And hey, gotta love a November outside bike ride.

  • Wow 38.7 miles! That’s such a long ways! I like how you make biking look relaxing, I’m pretty sure I’d be dead!

  • I love that you and your husband ride bikes together and eat. That’s totally whst I would call romantic and sweet. The cupcake looks divine!

    Hope you have a lovely week and have better luck with Billy!

  • You inspired me to get out on my bike this week!
    Kitties, great food and great pictures = amazing happy

  • I’m so happy you got a ride in today, Lori!

    Poor kitty cat! Isn’t he lucky he has you?!

  • Aww I feel sorry for poor Billy – especially now that the weather is getting colder. Can you call the animal shelter for him?

    Hurray for a warmer weekend! It was in the 60s both Sat and Sun and I took advantage, It was funny because I left for errands Saturday morning with my winter coat and ended up walking around without a jacket at all. Does it have to be winter already?? happy

  • What a great day! Love that you take care of the kitty, and love that he finally allowed you to! His face looks so much like some of the tom cats around here. I have never been too successful at helping them. Most are very distrustful.

    Poor John. He is a good sport, letting you capture pics like that and show them on the blog.

    Okay, you know what’s weird about me? I am just not too tempted by cupcakes. But CAKE! I caught sight of that piece of cake in the background, and I WANT! I think I’ll have a piece of cake for my birthday!

    So glad you got a good riding day in!

  • Aah, now I can’t sleep because I know I will think of poor Billy in the dark and cold. I hope he sticks around and you can find a home for him too..

  • Miz

    I SO LOVE how you bring us along for the ride and think, each time and say too often, what a FUN and GREAT SPORT John is.

  • I go for the Cycling version of Saturday night fever, so much more fun than “just” stretching. Fun picture!

    Lovely ride Lori although I don’t know if I can last till Spring without your cupcake rides. They always brighten my day after the weekend.

  • I can tell how happy you were to bike just from the tone of this post. Makes me happy for you. John has the balance, doesn’t he?

    Between Sandy and the nor’easter I don’t think there’s a leaf left on a tree around here either.

  • Biz

    Love that you guys were able to get in not one but TWO bike rides – love it! And even though its breakfast, I really want a carrot cake cupcake, pretty sure those are insulin worthy!!

  • You are such a sweetie Lori to help these stray kitties!!!! Are you going to try to find Billy a home too! He does look so content after you helped him!!! AND John – so sweet to let you do this!!!

    Happy you to ride!!! Hey, it was 43 here in CA when I ran yesterday! We get in the low 40′s and even the 30′s in the morn during winter. Our first real cold morn here this winter – BRRRRRRRRRRRR. I friggin freezing in this house right now – another 43 degree morn!

    Thx as always for all your pics & fun ride enjoyment – I love it!

  • You don’t know how much I enjoy your bike ride posts. You guys always visit such interesting places.

    Poor kitty. Glad you were able to offer him some food. Breaks my heart to see animals suffering.

  • YAY for an excellent last of the season ride!!! OMG Lori, that kitty??? AWWWW. I hope he lets you try and find him a new home. No Pixie…not YOUR home..don’t worry! happy Have a great Monday!!

  • Marion

    Hi Lori! Those bakery treats have me salivating. I’m just dying for a pumpkin bar with thick cream cheese frosting, which is the very reason why I haven’t baked that. I’d probably be better off with a bunch of exercise and then finding a cream cheese frosting covered cupcake at a bakery, like you did.

    happy Marion

  • What a wonderful weekend for riding.
    Love that you helped the kitty. Poor little thing.

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