20161030 cycling

 the barrier at the south end of mansfield

the barrier at the south end of mansfield

Monday
Coffeeneuring #4
61° humidity 80% wind 5 NNE
I wore my long sleeve base but didn't need it. The sun was warm. I went out CLR to Mansfield over to Kinnan. Usually I see lots of broken glass. The glass was gone but there was shredded mattress and other debris. I rode to Cross Creek. 
I had to stop to cross traffic to get to Hunters' Green. My speeds were good with the wind behind me. 

 looking west along cross creek

looking west along cross creek

I went north on BBD. I missed hitting resume on my Apple Watch when I was crossing Cross Creek and lost 1/4 mile. Oops. 

 south east corner of bruce b downs and cross creek

south east corner of bruce b downs and cross creek

I rode east on Regents Park all the way around to BBD. I rode it back to Pebble Creek and took that to the shopping center. Regents Park and Pebble Creek are narrow roads with no bike lanes and no shoulders. The sidewalks are narrow and not meant for bikes. The pavement is bumpy in places due to the street tree roots displacing the pavement. 
Tropical Island Smoothies and Subs is a small place with a big menu. I don't know how he can keep all of it fresh. 

 smoothie and my lego pal

smoothie and my lego pal

I ordered a mango strawberry and kiwi smoothie. It came with some whipped cream on top! It was good and sweet but expensive. Smoothies are $7.99 and he was so nice I felt obligated to give him a tip. 
There is no bike rack around. They do offer seating inside and outside. I rode back with most of my smoothie. 
Riding north on BBD, I heard a crash and looked over to see a large SUV hit a compact which then hit another car. I could hear someone yelling and crying. I didn't stop. It was across the highway and I am not sure what help I would have been. 
I rode home, against the wind. 
15.8 miles 13.8 mph

Tuesday
Late start due to updating iPhone. 
56° humidity 90% wind 4 NE
Chilly. Glad I had a base layer. 
I rode hard and a shorter loop. Steam was coming up from ponds. 
I stopped at Hueland Pond and Mansfield. I stopped in the right left turn lane to see if camera would pick me up. I just got the apps paused and the light turned green! It worked. So if I want to really rest, I shouldn't use that lane. 
School traffic was cooperative. 
8.39 miles 14 mph

Wednesday
64° humidity 94% wind 4 NE
Dark and chilly. 
Pedaling woke me up and I rode well. As I was passing Oldwoods on MPB, a school bus passed me and stopped. I veered onto Oldwoods and rode up a bit and turned around just so I wouldn't have to stop. 
Stopped at Mansfield & SR56.
9.19 miles 13.6 mph

Thursday
64° humidity 90% wind 7 NNE
Wind was annoying. 

Bus stopped at CLR & Deer Run. I didn't want to stop so I turned at Eagle Station and went around to CLR. It was 1/2 mile extra but I kept pedaling. 

I rode to Union Park. I stopped at the zen garden. I am not sure what is so zen about it. It is right off the main road and the sidewalk bisects it. Also, the sign for it is three stones stacked like a cairn. There are no stones large enough to stack. 

I rode through Union Park and back to MPB. I rode up SR56 with a crosswind. A woman cut me off when she entered the mental health facility. 
Another driver cut me off as I approached CLR on Mansfield. 
They were testing the sprinklers at the clubhouse. With the wind, the spray was covering all of the bike lane. I had to ride in the car lane and still got sprayed. 
13.2 miles
13.2 mph

Friday
67° humidity 89% wind 6 NNE
Tired and wind was too much. Rode out to Union Park then to SR56. Crosswind was annoying, too. Just slogged through it. 
12.41 miles
13.3 mph

Saturday
67° humidity 90% wind 4-8 NNE
Windy!
I rode out to Union Park. I finally saw the dog park. It is small. It is smaller than the size of a house lot. 
I rode through The Ridge. The north sidewalk is wide and does not rise like the road does. I didn't go all the way back because of the construction. Homes seem nice. They are narrow but large with nice details. The lots are narrow. I took the south sidewalk back to SR56. Mistake. It was steep and I am not used to hills. Headwind along Mansfield was fierce. 
13.13 miles
13.1 mph

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