Riding from Concord isn't all that much different from living in Harvard. The roads are all pretty much the same. You start everything 17 miles further east but they're mostly the same. There are a few more ride options here though because Concord has better access to roads down south in Dover and also to great roads up in the North Shore as well.
I was going to wait until December to start training harder again but the weather has been great and I'm excited about the season ahead....so I started early, and as chance would have it The Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington has partnered with the Harvard General Store to where 'The General' now carries bike stuff; mostly patch kits, water bottles and winter extras like arm and leg warmers, all branded with Ride Studio. It's a good partnering and to kick things off the Ride Studio and General organized and sponsored a large group ride from "The General' on Saturday. I'd say there were around one hundred riders, all totaled.
|In The General with new friends, Patria, Neil and etc,|
On Sunday I rode with Brad (V-neck) Warren from my place up to Gulu Gulu cafe in Salem. The ride from Concord to there normally takes about two and a quarter hours but it took us over three this time because I was day dreaming or something and got us off track. I've ridden up there at least a dozen times and know the route well but for some reason I just lost my bearings. Funny? I think it was probably because I'm so use to heading that way from much further west.
|Lunch break at Gulu|
We had a lunch break in there too so that made it easier. Having said that, five hours is still a lot more time in the saddle than my body is used to right now, especially after riding hard on Saturday. All in all it was a solid weekend of riding, for me anyway, and basically the start of season 2013. Here we go again.
Peace and roll strong.