Saturday was just the best day for riding! Upper 70s and sunny, not much humidity. It was a bit breezy, though – but I could deal with that Too bad John was away for the weekend and missed this.
I wanted to get 40 miles in, but I decided I didn’t want to go all the way to Saratoga by myself and face the track crowds. It is track season and this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga horse races and it is crowded, crowded! So, I chose to do 2 separate rides. The first one was to the farmer’s market. Here is the historical marker of the day.
I guess that you can figure out how far I was from home at this point
The market had lots of pretty stuff, and an usually large amount of baked goods!
Flowers. I don’t need any of those.
Except I kind of wanted these.
I didn’t end up buying anything at the market, but it was a nice place to stop and look around. I continued my big loop around and got a 15 mile segment in.
The other ride I wanted was going to EspressoHuis in Schuylerville. I ate lunch at home and then decided to head down a little early since I knew there would be some sort of music playing as part of a summer series. More sunscreen and I was on my way!
Look at the beautiful skies!
I was singing Ella Fitzgerald most of the way down.
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
I stopped about halfway there for a bit of nourishment. Since there wasn’t much shade going this way, I wanted to make sure I didn’t feel the heat too much like a few weeks ago.
(I can see my arm in the reflection of my glasses!)
The bridge had reopened crossing the river, so I went over that. I don’t like this bridge as it is really narrow and then the surface is open metal mesh – which feels very, very strange biking on it.
At least I didn’t have to detour, though.
I arrived at EspressoHuis ready for a cuppicake! This is a peanut butter cupcake. It is a chocolate cupcake with some real peanut butter inside, topped with PB frosting. YUM!
There was a real treat for music, too. This was Hot Club Saratoga :
Now, I loves me some Django Reinhardt. LOVE!! (Go listen now
, if you haven’t heard). I also love Hot Club of Detroit and have been hoping I could see them in concert. So to find a band like that around here made me so happy! Now I will be a stalker.
I happily sat on the deck and listened to the rest of their set with my snack. What a wonderful surprise that was!
That got me grooving and bopping all the way home, too.
More pretty water and sky:
It felt good riding today. Only wish John had been home to share that ride.
Ride Day Stats:
Total miles: 44
Average speed: 13 mph
Saddle time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Calories burned: 1493
And – after a breakfast ride on Sunday (meeting my mom for bagels!!!), my yearly mileage is here:
I am now counting down 3 digits instead of 4.
My mileage this year is almost exactly where it was a year ago, so I am going to have to be very dedicated to get to 2500 as last year I hit 2100, but I wasn’t shooting for a specific goal – that just happened to be what I biked.