Thanks for all your nice comments on our house! I love to see before and afters of home improvement as well. Of course, the front took quite a few years and trial and error to get to this point. I need to see if I can find some pictures of my first year where I pretty much did all annuals and it was sparse looking LOL!
We had another gorgeous weekend. For all the rain we have been getting this summer, Saturdays have been pretty good for riding. It was just perfect, too. Upper 70s, no wind, sunny. Seriously – it’s perfect. We chose to do a Saratoga ride for some frozen yogurt. This time, we took our old way, which is down route 9N, a designated bike road. We don’t ride this way very often anymore because we like the scenic back ways we take, but it was nice for a change. We do avoid the interstate on-ramp and go by the Moreau State Park.
This is around 11 miles or so into the ride and we stop for a stretch and I had a date:
Yes, I was trying to give John a date head. I am 5, you know.
This is really the nicest part of the ride. The rest mostly looks like this:
Although not as much traffic before this. We are pretty close to Saratoga in this pic. We arrived at Congress Park around mile 22. We packed lunches to have:
I am surprised my banana held up so well being in my bag on the ride down.
There was a squirrel eating out of a garbage can near us, too. Free lunch!
After eating, we strolled around town before getting our yogurt. A new bookstore opened up called Northshire Books.
It’s a very cool store. Hope they do well. I sometimes feel guilty at all my Kindle reading, but I just can’t afford to buy a book every time I want to read.
Next to the new bookstore is a new Kilwin’s chocolate shop. Amazing looking fudge here. I almost got some, but didn’t.
I know, right?
One of the mineral springs:
People will fill up all kind of water containers to take this stuff home. Personally, I think it tastes like drinking salt water out of a cast iron bucket. Yuck.
More Saratoga ballet shoes:
Then it was time to hit up Plum Dandy. They have several kinds of yogurt and lots of toppings to choose from. This was 1 of 2 topping stations.
I have to remember not to get much fresh fruit because that stuff is heavy. You pay by the ounce. My bowl.
Why yes, that is Cap’n Crunch on there! Our bowls were expensive, too. It was $13 for both of us, which is just too much for frozen yogurt. In my opinion, of course. I would rather have a coffee and cupcake from now on.
Riding home! My legs felt great. I remember when riding this route was really challenging for me a couple years ago with the hills. Now we breezed up them. Not that you don’t get out of breath from the effort, but we recover fast and can get up the hills much faster. Feels pretty good to do that.
We stopped around mile 31 or so after the hill section for a rest. John was trying to ignore me here:
More open road:
All in all, a nice day for a ride!
Home! Note my nail art. Again, 5 years old…
Total miles: 44.7
Average speed: 13.7 mph
Saddle time: 3 hours 13 minutes
Calories burned: 1487
Then it was girl’s manicure tonight (said goodbye to my strawberries) – which I will post about this week with my nail stamping kit!