I thought I’d try a new route this evening. I started getting ready around 7:45 which in hindsight was probably a little late. Anyway, it was what it was.
It was a good idea, but perhaps, in hindsight I could have done a couple of things differently.
First big mistake was putting two bridge crossings of the Welland canal on the same route. I was fortunate to not get stuck on both, but I got stuck good at the first. It probably was a 20 minute wait. I would have gone sooner, but I couldn’t see the second ship coming so thought the bridge would come down at any moment. By the time I realized there were two ships, I figured it would be about the same amount of time to go to the next bridge so I waited.
The climb up the escarpment by Niagara College was fun. I’m not a great climber at the best of times, and at this point in the season I’m happy to survive. However, I was happy because my new “granny” chainring came in handy for the hardest part.
The rest of the ride was good, but I discovered my new Blackburn rear flashing light died sometime along the way. Thankfully I had my regular kinetic-powered flashing taillight. The new e-Lume 500 headlight I purchased last year did fine. This was the third ride for each of them so I guess I’ll recharge them after two just to be safe.
One other thing to remember about that time of evening: there are plenty of bugs out. I think I almost swallowed a few. Yech. Need to wear a mask…
Here are the stats:
D: 34.50 km (148.47 km cumulative in 2020)
A: 25.8 km/h
M: 65.3 km/h (down Glenridge by Brock University)
This is the furthest I’ve ridden in one go this season. I’ll have to ride double or triple this distance daily in August if I’m going to do that 510-km-in-a-week-for-my-birthday idea. Georges said he’s in for another 100 around Niagara, and if Dan’s still here I hope he’ll be able to join in as well.