A long short day

July 8th, 2008 by becky

54 km, 4 hours ride time.

It was hot and humid day. We had a late start which is not too surprising given how late we got in last night. It was nice to have a brief visit with Ron and Wendy at breakfast.

Throughout our ride today we were both tired. I think it was a combination of not enough sleep and all the work necessary to pack up the house. The heat certainly did not help. Fortunately my neckband is working like a charm. It makes a significant difference, such that I’m not overheating anymore.

We decided to take a “shorter route” that involved less traffic, rather than following the documented “cycle route”. The advantage was the shorter distance, the disadvantage was gravel roads, more hills, and no services. We went 40 km without so much as a corner store.

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Lunch break.

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The post-lunch hills!

When we rolled into Plantagenet, I saw an ice cream / dairy bar, so we stopped and shared a banana split (our first of the trip). It felt so good to have something cold in the heat of the afternoon.

We then stopped by the depanneur(corner store) for some gatorade. When I asked about washrooms, the girl behind the counter mentioned that their might be some at the motel just down the road (before the highway). We didn’t know there was a motel in Plantagenet and thought we’d have to go to Alfred another 10 km away, so it was very fortunate. We likely wouldn’t have seen the hotel otherwise – it was behind a restaurant, and all the signs were pointed away from the road we were on.

Not 5 minutes after we were settled in our hotel room, we heard the crashes of thunder and the skies released sheets of rain. Seems we just missed another storm!

Elevation Profile
Speed Profile

Partdistance Parttime Partspeed Distance Time Speed
0.000 km 0s 0.000 km 0s
10.002 km 1h 08m 29s 8.76 km/h 10.002 km 1h 08m 29s 8.76 km/h
10.005 km 51m 58s 11.55 km/h 20.007 km 2h 00m 27s 9.97 km/h
10.048 km 44m 01s 13.70 km/h 30.055 km 2h 44m 28s 10.96 km/h
9.965 km 1h 24m 36s 7.07 km/h 40.020 km 4h 09m 04s 9.64 km/h
10.008 km 35m 46s 16.79 km/h 50.028 km 4h 44m 50s 10.54 km/h
3.379 km 36m 26s 5.56 km/h 53.407 km 5h 21m 16s 9.97 km/h

2 Responses to “A long short day”

  1. josh tro Says:

    What is this neckband of which you speak?

  2. scott Says:

    You can see a picture of it around Becky’s neck. She got it as a gift, so I’m not sure where to suggest buying one, but they’re pretty easy to make. Search for “cooling neck wrap” or “cooling neck wrap pattern”.

    Examples:

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