Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Mileage

Pedaled all 31 days this month.
755 miles
Gotta love SW Florida in the Winter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Annual Birthday Ride

Since age 50 I have been riding my age annually in the month of my birthday, January. This year I finally got the opportunity to do it in warm sunny Florida. We are now "Snowbirding" in Ft Myers and thankfully there are many cycling routes available. With the help of the local bike club, Caloosa Riders, I was able to obtain cue sheets for a 40 mile ride onto which I was easily able to add another 25 miles. It was a perfect sunny day with temps in the upper 70's and winds under 10 mph. Wind is the issue in Florida. You would thing that pedaling flat Florida would be easy but it is not. You must constantly pedal without any relief from coasting downhill. With that, there is still little to complain as Florida invests in it's parks and biking/walking paths.
Being on the road made it difficult to store multiple bikes, so all are gone except for my Xootr Swift folder which I have become quite fond of. My daily rides have not been more than 28 miles and I was a bit concerned about 65 miles. In the past few years my high mileage day has been my birthday ride.
Be that as it may, I managed to do the ride and with an additional 3 unplanned miles. I am happy to accomplish this milestone at Medicare eligibility. I suspect this will be my last time. I have accomplished more personal cycling goals than I could have imagined. I will continue to go about pedaling and enjoy everyday I get to ride.


Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Stats and Year in Review

It has been an interesting and exceptional year. My total mileage was 6493 with 254 riding days. Surprisingly my rides have been for the most part, evenly divided between my Fuji, Xootr Swift and my ICE T. My wife and I decided to live our dream of living on the road and sold our house of more than 26 years.  October 4 we loaded up our then RV and headed south for the Winter. Living in a 240 sf box has it limitations and one sacrifice I had to make was to downsize my bike collection. I decided my must haves would be my forever trike, my ICE T and my newly purchased folding Xootr Swift. After 2 months I found myself riding the Swift and the trike was taking up precious cargo room in the back of my Honda CRV. After careful consideration, I decided to simplify things and sold my trike. I thought it would be a difficult breakup but as it turns out I am really enjoying the Swift and don't at present miss my trike. We have since bought a new larger RV with large basement storage so it is possible to stow a folding trike.
My goal for the road was to average 100 miles/wk and I am pleased to say in the last 3 months I have accomplished that. We are currently Wintering Snowbirds in Ft Myers, Fl and surprising it is a great cycling area. It seems Florida invests in it's parks and bike paths. Almost every major road is accompanied by a bike lane, bike path or cycling friendly sidewalk. You can pretty much cycle anywhere in SW Florida. Florida is flat and you would think it is easy pedaling but you actually never have the ability to coast. Also it is made up of right angles and lots of wind making for some monotonous rides. I do miss the rolling, winding, back roads of Jersey. All in all we are blessed to start this next chapter in our lives and I look forward to exploring new roads.

Don't miss the snow

Grandson first big ride

New RV

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Gypsy Bound

We have been on the road for over a month. I have been fortunate to be in places that are bike friendly. We spent 3 weeks in the Florida Panhandle and a week in Florida's Nature coast and have just hit Tampa. After checking my bike journal I realize I have done over 525 miles. I didn't think I would be able to maintain my mileage. I have been getting out daily on local trails but my miles are only averaging 15. It is not safe pedaling roads in Florida. Sorry, but, truth be told Florida drivers are too old and distracted. Fortunately Florida is loaded with bike trails. Some are nothing more than side walks but many are paved trails ranging from a few to 60 miles. The weather has been fantastic and the scenery beautiful. Here are some pics to enjoy.




Thursday, September 1, 2016

Busy August

Wish I could say I was busy biking. Besides being hot the house has consumed much of my time getting ready for new owners. I've been doing my best to get at least a 20 mile ride as often as possible. I pedaled 19 days and 536 miles for the month of which 330 were on the Xootr Swift. Only 4 rides over 40 miles and 5 over 35, the rest 20-25. I sold my Arkel panniers and gave away my camping gear. I don't plan on any more multi-day tours and suspect my high mileage days to be over. I am hoping to maintain 100 miles/wk for health, sanity and fun. Our plan is to travel the country and I am excited to explore new roads to pedal.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jamming July

Best month this year with over 760 miles in 26 days. Almost 500 of those miles were on the Swift. Because of the heat and a very hectic month I had to scale back my daily miles. The Swift continues to shine for those shorter 20-30 miles but more than that I much prefer my trike. You would think that getting in 2 hours of me time would be easy but lately it has proved quite challenging. One day I went out at dawn to beat the heat and I was met with a barrage of early morning commuters. I would rather suffer in heat than an extra amount of inconsiderate drivers. My last ride the air was Florida hot which turned into a constant light rain and finally back into tropical humidity. The rain was a relief on that 28 mile ride. I saw no other crazy cyclists that day. I must say I was pumped last month to get as many days in as possible. I was hoping to ride every day but that proved impossible. Be that as it may it was an exciting and obsessive month. I'm already missing a few days this month and have calmed my craze.  I expect the next couple of months to be busy and may challenge my cycling time, but I know I will make every effort to ride.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What's Up?

Not much. It's Summer and it's been HOT!!! My new Xootr Swift is fun and has been a nice game changer. 100 miles in June and 250 so far this month. It's light, fast, single track and makes for a quick 20-35 mile ride. I have not utilized it's folding capabilities but it rides nicer than my Fuji, go figure. June was a good month with over 500 miles and an overall average of 30 miles per ride. Retirement is nice I don't have the need to burn up a lot of miles in a day but I still desire to get out as often as possible. As of today, I only missed 3 days this month. The humidity broke today but I decided not to overdue it with an easy 36 miler. I wanted to save some energy for tomorrow which promises to be even nicer. After that it's back up to HHH. You won't find me complaining about Summer heat and so far it's been great. My wife and I have big travel plans and we just bought a new car to help haul our bikes. We are both looking forward to new adventures and places to ride.