Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Ride to the Park

Adventures of Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Tuesday was a beautiful day.  It felt like summer and I was happy to have my first ride of the year in shorts!  Todd worked from home, so we started our ride in the evening.  We rode 25 miles and climbed 1600 feet.  

Of course, I was along for the ride, so it wasn't without mishap(s).

We were barely away from home, on Oliver Drive when the front chain fell off.
It's downhill and bumpy, and I think that has something to do with it.

The landscapes on Trego Creek Road are beautiful.

I mentioned we had 1600 feet of climbing.  Here's a hill on Malone Road.

Uh Oh.  Now the back chain fell off - It was trying go to into gear zero on the front chainring.  

Here is beautiful Yoctangee Park.  There were ducks, swans, and geese out on the lake.

The sun is threatening to set, so we headed home after a short ride on the trail.

Bye Yoctangee!  See you next time.

Everything comes in threes, right?  The front chain fell off this time.  
I didn't do it, honest.

The Highway 772 Diving Board of Pain.  See it on the left?  
Yeah.  Don't go there.

Lots of something for rent on Cooks Hill Road.

And we're home!  We stopped at Subway and brought dinner home.  

I hope you enjoyed traveling along with us today.
Catch us next time!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Where Easter Grass Grows....

Today we had a wonderful adventure ride!  We rode a distance of 25 miles and climbed 2200 feet.  

Come on... let's go.

Today we started in our driveway.

And headed down our street.  

Maybe "up" our street is more like it.

And up...

If I rest my head on the headrest going uphill, this is what I see.

And... DOWN.... Top speed at the bottom of these hills was 41.8 MPH.
And we're not even off our street yet.

Ahh... we made it out to Three Locks Road.

Downhill for a little while.

No trains are coming.

The river to our right.

Here we go under US 23.

We rode to Yoctangee Park, but their restrooms were locked!
I really had to go and there were no bales of hay in sight!

We took "Back Road" up to the Tri-County Triangle Trail. 
Note... another hill!

Three miles down the trail....
YES!  I know they have a bathroom.

But there's this hill in the way.
Not only did the Marathon have a restroom, they also had donuts!

Back on the Tri-County Triangle Trail towards downtown.

There is no Budweiser in this bridge.

And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street.

The Majestic Sign.

Ross County Courthouse.

The Historic Carlisle Building. 

I gotta know who lives there and what's inside.

And here, too.

What is Todd doing at these trees?
He got a page from work.

Back on the road again.

This is where Daffodils grow.

And... THIS is where Easter Grass Grows.

So... now you know.

We only had one mishap today.  We lost a flag going down a big hill near the end of our ride.
Good thing it was at the bottom of the hill so it was easy to get.
Of course, I didn't get a picture.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Don's Bent Ride

Hello Everybody!  On Saturday 3/30/13, we went up to Dublin, OH to ride with our friend Don.  Don is responsible for us converting to recumbent trikes - he told us about Peddlers where we bought our first trikes.  He's been to the trike shops several times with us and has test driven several models, but has remained faithful to his traditional bicycle.

Well... we were in for a big surprise.  After receiving the Grand Tour of his huge home, he took us into his second garage where he keeps his..... trike!  He finally caved-in and bought a trike!  How awesome is that?  Todd helped him make some boom and chain adjustments and even CraftyRia (me) stepped in with some helpful advice.  

Off we go.  There is Don out in front, leading the way.
Todd and I are riding the Tandem Relaxing Bike.

Make note of this in case of emergency.  I didn't need the potty then, but it might come in handy on the way back.

These aren't quite bales of hay, but they could do in a pinch.

Close up of Don cruising along.

Pretty water as we pass over a bridge.

More water on a different bridge.  Keep in mind that I'm riding while shooting.
Or is that shooting while riding?

It's a great day to do some laundry.

A farm.

Another farm.

No Trespass!

Looking back at Don.

It wasn't long before we had our first mishap.  The front chain came off.
Don't laugh at my silly socks with sandals - it was in the 50s and my tootsies would otherwise be cold.

Todd uses his expertise to fix the chain.  

All fixed.  I didn't even have to unclip.

It's a good thing we came upon this park.  They have bathrooms.  We stopped there twice.
Our family has a reunion there each year.  Maybe we'll ride our bike there next time.

A lake of some sort.

There's Don.. way up there.

Double catastrophic chain.  The back chain went over one sprocket too far to the right and the front chain wrapped around my pedal.  I unclipped for this one.
Todd fixed it and we were soon on our way.

I swear, I don't do these things on purpose.


We are back at Don's house.  I told you it was big.

We had a great ride through Dublin, Plain City, Hilliard, and Amlin.  We rode 37.5 miles.  
After the ride, we went out for a delicious dinner.