Coffeeneuring – Ride #4 – Nov 9

My daughter stayed with her dad Saturday afternoon freeing me up for a few hours. My main activity was turkey hunting. For the last two weeks, I’ve checked all the stores around me looking for my favorite brand of turkey breast. Finally, today some of the seasonal products showed up at my local supermarket. I felt very successful until I heard on the evening news that people were reporting being ill after eating turkey…and that wasn’t a particular brand, processing center, or store. Salmonella can be killed with thorough cooking, so will put the oven up a few more degrees and cook it just a tad longer than recommended this Thanksgiving.

Back home I redressed and left for a short bike ride…it was only 8.6 miles and nothing that interesting, but other than my subdivision, it’s the only safe place I can ride from my house. The main road out this way is called Bardstown Road, a four-lane divided highway. I rode on Old Bardstown Road, the two-lane road many people in this end of town took to go to their grandmas’ houses in Bullitt, Nelson, Washington and Marion Counties before the new one was built. There is almost no shoulder and because many new housing developments have been built off Old Bardstown Road, there is often a lot of traffic.

I’m thinking of signing up. I’ve never been able to achieve a consistent cadence. I’m sure I’d have to start at the preschool level.
We could bike to this restaurant, but Jim doesn’t like Bar-B-Q and I don’t like the sides they serve with it.
Oh, you thought Europe was the only place you’d see castles. This castle is only a short distance from my home. Their website says it is a traditional, Christian school with small classes. One of their many rules is: Do not park in front of the castle.
My goodness, yet another housing development. I passed apartments, patio homes, condos, senior residences, and individual houses.

I don’t rush well, so the ride was a little stressful. Mainly, because I’d gotten a late start and the sun was already low in the sky, but also because I didn’t want my daughter to have to delay her plans for the evening. At least I was able to knock out another ride.

It was a very chilly day. In ordinary circumstances, Violette would not be leaving the garage, but this challenge pushed me out the door. After leaving, I realized I needed something over my ears and my full finger riding gloves and maybe another layer under the coat. I’d bought a huge can of instant chocolate mix at the grocery earlier, so came home for my “coffee.” Do you like whipped cream or marshmallows on your hot chocolate? Around here they serve it with whipped cream, but you can see what I prefer.

For now, loaded touring isn’t possible due to my husband's health issues. I’m used to cycling by myself, but I can't go off and leave him. Cycle 365 has motivated me to not give up riding just because I don't have time to go as far or do awesome rides like I did in the past.

12 response to "Coffeeneuring – Ride #4 – Nov 9"

    • By: Lah Posted: November 11, 2018

      Danke Schoen amiga. (I figure if I learn of bit of a lot of languages, I can put them together and claim to be bilingual — mine and all the rest of them.)

  1. By: NancyG Posted: November 11, 2018

    So good for you and Violette to get out for a ride. Number of miles is the least important part of a ride. You enjoyed the outing and pedaling around for some good outdoor activity. Nicely done. Do it again ;’-)

    • By: Lah Posted: November 11, 2018

      This would have been the day for cycling around here. It is much warmer and the sky is lovely, but can’t leave Jim alone, at least until he is checked out by the doctor on Wednesday.

    • By: Lah Posted: November 11, 2018

      I can’t tell you how many times members of the bike clubs I’ve previously belonged to told me to pedal consistently. You do what you can do and quit thinking about it as though you were going to race someone. Worrying about things like cadence, speed, and keeping up with a group was taking all the fun out of it, so I began to cycle without them.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: November 11, 2018

    Short ride better than no ride. (Just back from a bone chilling excursion)

    I have suggested for YEARS that turkey pot pies would be a good alternative for TG — quick and easy, not that bad, and very few dishes to do. Needless to say that idea has been Vetoed for equal number of years. 🙂

    • By: Lah Posted: November 11, 2018

      I could only wish my family of picky eaters would go along with that idea!

  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: November 11, 2018

    “I don’t rush well.” I love that. Good for you for getting out there.

    And who would even dream of parking in front of a castle. Everybody knows you don’t. .

    • By: Lah Posted: November 11, 2018

      How many times have we seen the royal family parking in front of their castles? I believe there must be signs like that in England, too. With all this school’s rules, I wondered what the little princes and princesses did when they let loose outside the castle walls.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: November 12, 2018

    So glad you could get out for a ride. Even a short ride is so good at helping clear your mind. I love “cadence school”. I never worry about mine too much – I’m a spinner by nature, so cadence isn’t where my problems lie. Efficiency… well, that’s a different story altogether. I can’t believe that castle is a school!

    • By: Lah Posted: November 12, 2018

      It definitely clears the head. When that school was being built, we were all wondering what in the world it was. There’s another interesting castle near Lexington, Kentucky. If I remember correctly, some rich guy started it for his wife and before it was finished she left him. It sat for years, but was bought and converted into a fancy-schmancy hotel, restaurant, and event venue. It’s a bit out of my league. I haven’t slept there, but it’s the first place I’ve seen that it is cheaper to live like a king for a night ($295, $395, $415), than a president ($575).

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