A bit of useful input from coach Don helped me avoid a couple of more hazardous pinch points and contributed towards a very pleasant sub-30mile/50km ride on a Sunday morning.
And, of course, there was the enticement of a fruit strüdel at Battleview Orchard.
The route had more hills than I expected although they were only fairly moderate. Even I could manage them in the big ring, and that’s saying something.
Roads weren’t quite as pleasantly bucolic as roads in the Sourland and Hunterdon, but drivers were mostly courteous except for the closest t-boner I’ve had with a driver who yelled he, “didn’t see” me (so that was my fault?). I was wearing a bright orange jersey – see image upper right – and using a front strobe … Oh well. Let’s hope next time he didn’t actually kill anyone. Note to self; dig out pov cams.
Oh yes. The Jersey. I’ve been seeking a “Plymouth” jersey for quite a while and, fortunately found one on my last visit to Plymouth, UK, in the city’s very own hipster shop, Rockets & Rascals. What was better, it was my away kit colour, orange.
I was expecting to see more cyclists, being, as it was Labor Day weekend. However, there were very few riders on the road and I was the only one at the Orchard outlet. What? Oh well, maybe they were spending time with family and friends …
As usual, the Defy continues to be such a comfortable, reactive and stable bike.
What more could I want?