Brand New Blacktop


I didn’t manage to get much done off of today’s “To Do” list.  Instead, I played hooky and took my bike out for a ride.  Until the moment I left, I wasn’t even sure I would get out the door, but it was a good thing I did.

I came across a sight which may actually bring tears to a cyclist’s eyes.  I found some brand new paved road.  I came across some pristine blacktop.  I may not have the slickest (you can also read most expensive) tires, but on that surface they felt like a million dollar set.

Roads in this area take a beating and the freezing and thawing that happens from Autumn till the end of Spring do a number on them.  There are so many roads with so many potholes, ruts, and cracks.  One of the best things about club riding is that the people ahead usually point them out before my front wheel finds them on its own.

Other Notes from the road

My girlfriend was surprised at me calling out the cyclists who did not return my wave in a previous post.  Today I passed about 10 different riders and only two failed to meet my etiquette expectations.  I guess we will call that progress.

I cycled through a town called  Lemonville…..I kid you not.

I felt pretty good cycling today and managed a few moderate climbs.  I still miss group rides and the pace setting, but there is no point whining about that.  Hopefully group rides will be allowed in July.  If I am still working from home, and that looks to continue until September, I will have plenty of opportunities to ride.

A little bummed that Strava put some of their data behind a pay wall.  I understand why and were I a little more dedicated, I would probably pay the subscription.  I didn’t look at that data every ride and I am much more likely to get a Garmin with a power meter anyway.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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1 Response to Brand New Blacktop

  1. idlecyclist says:

    I was annoyed with Strava at first too but I eventually decided it’s too good an app for free decided to pay and support the app. I pay about the same amount for Spotify and Strava is more useful 🙂

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