I’ve missed a few rides lately. Last weekend the temperature was 4 degrees. The other times coincided with something I either had to do or wanted to do. Keeping that in mind, and knowing that the temperature was changing quite rapidly this year, I knew that I had to get out for a ride this morning. I am not convinced it is the last ride of the year, but cooler temperatures and lots of rain are forecast for the coming months. As far as the club is concerned, this is the last official ride of the summer.
When I arrived at the meeting point, I was the only one there. I did laps around the parking lot to stay warm and functioning. It wasn’t cold, but I dressed for it to get warmer. It afforded me the opportunity to take some pictures of the trees in the area. The colours were fantastic.
Only two others showed up. Most club members were doing other rides. Not exactly how I pictured the last ride of the season, but that is the kind of year it has been. Attendance has been sparse for most rides and many people were busy making group rides of their own.
Our ride was the familiar bakery ride. The ride took us through some beautiful landscape. There were lots of leaves with vibrant colours and the corn stalks were really high. The temperature was warm enough when we were moving and I found myself enjoying the scenery a lot. I was so happy that I got out for the ride. I wish I had charged up my faux pro and gotten some video.
We made it to the café in good time and were greeted by a ton of riders. It seems that this café is still going strong despite not having indoor seating and requiring anyone making an order to wear a mask. Glad to see it can be done. A note to some TV lovers, the apothecary shop featured in Schitt’s Creek is located kitty-corner to the café. I am not sure that is important, but someone might be interested.
At the café, we met up with the Egals–which is the women’s section of the Eagles. Of course women are welcome on the regular rides, but they have chosen mostly to ride as a group of only women this year. I met a few people I hadn’t seen since last year. I kind of lament the splitting of the group, but they seem to be thriving while the regular crew is not gaining any members. Perhaps it is a Covid thing, or perhaps it isn’t.
It wasn’t my most challenging ride and I really didn’t set Strava afire with my exploits. However, I got out on my bike and that is what matters. Yes, I want to go faster, but part of that is getting out on the bike more and pushing yourself to go faster. This might not have been the ride for that, but a couple of hours on the bike certainly beats a bunch of hours sitting on the sofa or sitting in front of the computer screen.