|Todd and Chris|
The new guy, Todd, showed up on a brand new steel Allez with retro down tube shifters. Despite not having gravel tires and clipless pedals, he hung in there pretty good. I hope to see him out there on some other rides.
Oh No! A Flat!
Lights and Loops: They Don't Mix
Somewhere along Mahoney Road, Todd's new Planet Bike Superflash (the new 1W version is plenty bright) bounced off his seat bag loop. He stopped to look for it while Chris and I rode on a mile or so before turning back to see what was up (oops!). Unfortunately, he couldn't find the light.
What's the Toll?
We had a funny incident with the kid running the gate at Plate River State Park. This guy seemed like he was 14 years old, but it was amazing how he was running the show there. We stopped and asked how much for bikes (it's $4 for a daily pass for autos). He scratched his chin and said, "Hmm, I don't know. Bikes usually just ride on through. No one has ever stopped and asked."
Respecting his authority, I told him it was up to him to tell us, however, I offered $4 for the three of us, and reminded him that the bikes plus the riders was still way lighter on the roads on than a single auto. He looked at us, half smiling, but with a bit of sternness, making me think he'd charge us $4 each if he thought more about it. Again, I made my offer, handing over some cash, and thankfully, he accepted, giving me a sticker pass, which I put in my pocket (I'm not going to stick it on my bike). Whew!
We rolled into PRSP just in time to see Leah, Mark, and another Todd just getting ready to leave. Leah made the Bacon Ride after having won a race title just the day before. Wow, Leah!
Fortunately, they didn't not eat all of the food, as they indicated to me as we were parking the bikes.
Todd's plan was to call his wife to come out with the kids and spend some time at the park.
Unaware of each other's actions, both Todd and Chris paid for my breakfast (oops!).
Chris and I rode back along the usual Fishery/Pflug route. It was pretty awesome. We seemed to take turns chasing each other, which might mean we were pretty well matched for the day's ride.
Around Walnut Creek, we decided to ride back through Papillion and La Vista to save some time, versus riding back on the creek trails. This worked out pretty well, since the residential streets protected us from the wind that was picking up.
About this time I'm beginning to notice this weird cramp/numbness with the toes on my right foot. Does anyone know what this is all about, and how to fix it?
I think after doing this ride several times, I'm finally able to remember all of the residential streets and turns to pass more swiftly through La Vista and Papillion, saving a few miles over riding the creek trails. I hope to do it next time without a cue sheet.
|A B-Cycle station near the Keystone Trail|
Ain't Gravel Fun?
|Todd climbs the Mahoney Hill|
|I like trains!|
|Chris likes trains, too.|