It was great to get back into a nice long Saturday morning ride. ‘was looking for something around 50 miles, and decided to do the “Mount Holly/Carlisle Loop” because I figured I’d see a lot of roadies out on such a beautiful morning.
Film at 11! I had to pick up some stuff at the hardware store, so I walked down at lunch and found what I needed. A supply of these was lined up on the counter, and the owner proceeded to tell me how great it worked. It didn’t seem like something you would have a conversation about in front of a crowd, so I discreetly moved it over with my parts and paid the extra $6.00.
I started running into roadies around Grantham. I was grinding up a pretty steep hill when I heard two behind me and caught a glimps in the mirror, but while they were close, I dropped them on the next hill. This surprised me because I was in some pretty low gears just grinding away. Eventually I turned off onto the Gettysburg Pike while they kept straight on Lisburn.
The roadies were out in force once I got over to Williams Grove. I even tried to catch one along Park Drive, but it was a silly thought.
Took my first break in Boiling Springs on a park bench along the lake. I could have sat there for an hour then turned around for home, and it would have still been a great morning.
There was a lot more traffic turning north from Mount Holly to Carlisle, but that part of the route goes quickly. I was curious to see the bike lanes in town. Not too impressive. With the on-street parking, one still has to ride out in the remaining lane to avoid the door zone.
Turned for home without incident. I stopped for a short break and to re-apply some powder at a quiet spot in the outdoor garden at Ashcombes.
Misc. Miles: 2
Distance: 52.3 miles 2011: 862
Now for the Monkey Powder… I think it will help by absorbing sweat and thus quieting down hot spots, but I waited too long to re-apply. It was a hot day, and I think I probably should have taken a break around 30 miles, rather than 43. Also, I rode harder than normal, so I’m sure that had an effect as well. I’ll keep on using it and give an extended use report later.