Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ride for Friday 4th/Saturday 5th September

Rode my bike into work fully loaded ready for an s24o outing. I picked up my food for the day at the Capital Health Farmer's Market, then bailed out of work fairly early and headed out on the BLT trail. I came off the trail onto the road for half a kilometre or so before hitting the off-road trail where the fun began. Almost straight away I hit a massive puddle which went up over my bottom bracket and hubs, even though I was riding towards the edge. My first option for a campsite didn't look too exciting, but my second struck me as much better, with access to the lake, a sleeping area and cooking area - almost as if someone had cleared it expressly! I decided to head down a little further to check if there were any better looking options down the trail, but the road wasn't much fun so I headed back and set up camp. After stuffing myself on goodies from the farmer's market during the day I turned out not to be all that hungry and turned in.

After a quiet evening's sleep, I was feeling a little more hungry and broke out the cooking equipment. Potatoes, snow peas, green peppers and garlic went down surprisingly well with a nice strong cup of coffee. After cleaning up I managed to fill the rest of my garbage bag with other garbage around the campsite, then put everything away and made sure I left no trace myself.

I outfitted my panniers with some ghetto pannier covers and set off again, stopping only to make the trail a bit happier and take some gratuitious photos.

When I got home I found I had brought a souvenir mud covering for my bike back with me.

Distance logged: 76.797km
Time: 310:41
Average speed: 14.8km/hr
Max speed: 53.8 km/hr
Temperature: 25C-18C, 20C-22C, sunny
Cumulative distance: 949.126km
Cumulative cost per km: $0.64
Monthly distance: 169.782km
Monthly cost per km: $0


Blogger Sleveless said...

Loaded indeed!

One of these days that Cypress is going to simply disintegrate when you're zooming down Lacewood on the way to work.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:30:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

It's carried way more than that! It's lasted me pretty well, I'm toying with getting a Surly Big Dummy though...

Friday, September 11, 2009 12:06:00 pm  
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Thursday, December 17, 2009 1:25:00 pm  
Blogger Aditi said...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:27:00 pm  
Blogger TheMatt said...

such a cool story. Any idea what the lake you were close to was?

Monday, May 30, 2011 12:37:00 am  

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