She Who Must Be Obeyed determined that today we would get out on our bikes. So we headed to Erie County and the annual Pedal Erie Parks invitational. It was a warm morning and the weather grew hotter as the hours passed. We've had so few miles we chose to ride the 30-mile route. In the not-too-distant past we'd have elected to ride the longer distances ( 50 or more miles ) but, well, we just aren't ready. That doesn't mean the shorter ride was easy. There are a good number of river valleys to cross –quick down, sharp climb out– that got me out of my saddle. I started the day feeling bad physically but by the end of the ride I was doing fine. I'm uncomfortable in hot weather but my body seems happy to be active in it. Her new bike will need some tweaking. This was the Cannondale's shakedown tour and the chain dropped to the outside during one of Her shifts. She also feels the seat height may need adjustment. She also felt "tired" in her triceps; the handlebars or stem may need some work. Otherwise the bike performed well.
Somewhere along the way I spotted one of the nicest conversions of an old schoolhouse (or church) to a home that I've ever seen. Unfortunately I haven't equipped my bicycle to safely carry my new small camera so all I had with me was the cell phone. Kind of a crappy image but it'll have to do. This begins a week of plan-less vacation time. Don't know what we'll do but I hope none of it involves having to resolve some crisis back at the office. This week of summer looks to be lazy, hazy, not-so-crazy. That can be a good thing.