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Wet Leaves, Loose Gravel, and Road Apples

October 5, 2011

Today’s Ride: 80km—Jerseyville, Harrisburg, Sheffield, Westover

Weather: Beautiful

Except, like, real apples on the road. Three things that make autumn riding just a little precarious. Always in corners or smack-dab in the line I’m taking. Gravel, you get used to; leaves might make a wheel slip, but you can usually recover; apples—I don’t know, but I’ve been avoiding them like the plague. I can only imagine hitting one or catching one with the side of the tire could be a problem. I hope I don’t have to report back on this.

Beautiful day. A repeat of yesterday’s cool sunshine. I even set out with a skull cap under my helmet, but it came off at the top of Jerseyville Rd. I probably could have done the same with the arm warmers and leg warmers, but didn’t want to weigh down the back pockets too much—and it’s not as though I was overheating. For the second day in a row, I tried a new road. And I don’t know if it’s the autumn light and colors that make all rides so great this time of year, but today’s route involved terrific adventures down incredible new roads. At Harrisburg, Sager Rd. heads north from where 2nd Concession Rd. and Harrisburg Rd. meet. I’ve always followed one onto the other (depending on which direction I do the Harrisburg loop), and I’ve always wondered where Sager Rd. went. Today, I followed it up to Sheffield.

Sager Rd. was fun (pic at top left is near the end of Sager Rd.). Rollers along the way and lots of scenery off the road. And turning right on Norman Rd. was terrific—a tiny, narrow road that cut over to Sheffield. In addition, the sideroads looked fun, so I’ll definitely have to make my way back in this direction. It’s always nice to discover new adventures.

Coming home along Safari Rd., I caught up with—and rode with—a septuagenarian for a few kilometers. Very pleasant fellow, who rides everyday. 60km each morning. He told me his Ridley had carried him over 32,000km. Much respect. And hope for many more years of riding. We parted ways—he turned right onto Valens, and I carried on to Westover, before coming home along Middletown, Inksetter, and Governors. Long may the light of autumn last. Makes riding oh so pleasant!

Today’s ride also put me over the 4000km mark. A little later than I had hoped, but I’m certainly on schedule to hit 5000km well before December rolls in. A few more longer rides in the coming weeks, and I’ll be scratching at the target for the year.

Fall in Ontario. Sun, leaves changing colors, windy roads. Life is good!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2011 10:50 pm

    Funny, my group ride the other day featured plenty of road apples. I don’t know which is worse however, the ones still fully intact, or the ones that have been squashed into a slimy pancake.

  2. October 6, 2011 3:15 am

    I was more worried about the fuller, more intact apples—it seemed to me that they could really throw both bike and rider. Smushed apple = wet leaves?

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