Ionia-Harriet bike ride

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 @ %I:%M %p | Cycling

wpid-ionia-2012-04-7-17-39.jpgExcept for the hardish wind it was a gorgeous day for a bike ride. Starting from Ionia (sort of, the start location was really just a road junction somewhere near Ionia) to Honeoye then up the hill on Curtis Road followed by a few miles of cruising before climbing up Luykenbach hill. A bit of dirt road to get to the overlook then all the way down to Honeoye, up Route 20A and with some zigzagging back to Ionia (or rather that road junction).

There was a good crowd; fast people, not as fast as that people, short people, tall ones too. During the ride differing groups formed in part due to some missed turns by several of the riders. I have renewed my yearly good intention to take pictures during rides: see the gallery. And even took some video that you find below.

For me the ride represented varying levels of comfort and enjoyment. The first stretch to Honeoye went quite nicely, the stretches into the wind not bothering me much. The climb up Curtis Road I took in a steady pace – that was good too. Bit further on was a downhill that went well until I was almost at the bottom when the bike went into a shimmy. While exciting, not much fun. In getting the bike back under control I veered over the yellow lines but luckily there was no traffic. One moment I thought I would acquaint myself with the tarmac but I kept the rubber where i belongs – on the downside. It dented my confidence a bit for the downhills still to come. Luykenbach Hill was much easier (ehh not as hard) as I expected. The road surface was a lot better than previous years. The overlook was beautiful with this weather. The coffee back in Honeoye was delicious, baby! The climb up 20A went well for the first half and then I ran out of steam. The remainder of the ride Cindy and I rode together and that is just fun. I was glad to be rolling back to the car. The combination of the head wind on the way back and the hills made it a hard workout.

Fast Friends scaling Luykenbach Hill:


 

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