Since it had been a while since I was on my beloved Kimmie I decided to take advantage of the cooler temps and get in a ride before the rain hit. I also wanted to go further than I have been. Lately it seems all my rides are either commutes or shorter jaunts of under 50 miles.
On Saturday I left about 11 AM with every intention of putting on 100 miles minimum. I knew the rain was coming but I had three hours to conquer my goal. I could do this.
So I started with no destination in mind, but a general plan to head south towards Tampa, catching some of the more interesting and twisty roads that I knew of on the way. I sort of had a big circle in mind and stick mostly to the back roads. I also decided to go down some side roads that I've passed 1001 and one times only to find they either dead ended or took me to a familiar road. Plus, I always head north and west for some reason...I really have not explored the east and south of Tampa that much.
|Cigar City Cider and Mead|
The more I thought about this the more my stomach growled and one of my favorite watering holes I knew would be jumping with my fellow cider and mead heads. Generally speaking they don't serve food but I knew of a pizza place next door. Should I stop?
Of course I should! Although alcohol and bikes don't mix, I did have two droughts of the nectar of the Gods.
About 90 minutes later I was back on my bike and looking at the sky with a bit of worry, I was still under the 50 mile halfway mark but the sky's were beginning to darken. I could feel the temperatures drop some and I cursed at my choice to spend some time in one of my favorite places, but I didn't curse at myself to much.
I went towards downtown Tampa some then turned Kimmie northward towards home. Twisting the throttle a little bit as the rain started to fall so I could get ahead of it some, and generally that's what happened all the way home. I got wet, but not as bad as it could have been.
I pulled into my spot about twenty minutes before the skies opened up, checking my mileage I put on 73. 4 miles. Not bad, but significantly under my goal for the day. Still though, I had good riding weather. Good food (2 slices of pizza and a coke for $6). Some good mead and company which warmed my heart. I'll chalk it up to a good weekend.