Saturday morning, Mr. Tux and I dragged ourselves out of bed and stumbled out of the house bound on a grand cycling adventure. Dressed in double sweaters, Tuxley was loaded into his trailer and looking rather confused. We were dressed in all of the warm layers we could find. After all 37 degrees and a breeze is NOT a pleasant temperature to walk out into. Dressed in bulky layers and looking like waddling penguins, the three of us were ready to set out.
The plan was a 26 mile ride out along a paved trail with a quick stop for a tasty lunch and a 26 mile return trip for a grand total of over 52 miles of cycling. However the wind was not cooperating. Once on the trail, we faced a stiff headwind the whole way out. And on the return trip our bad luck held out and we faced a headwind again. We stopped at the first leg and grabbed a tasty mocha and fresh Safeway bagel. I had my favorite white chocolate/raspberry mocha with an everything bagel. Mr. Tux had a non-fat, no-whip mocha and a Asagio bagel. Rather tasty! Especially after almost four weeks of counting calories and limiting the carbs. Back on the trail after our mini brunch, we continued the remaining 13 miles to our lunch destination. We stopped for about an hour for lunch. Tuxley was thrilled to be out of the trailer and given a chance to stretch is legs.
Once we hit the trail back home, we were disappointed to find the wind had indeed changed while we stopped and again we faced the stiff headwind the Palouse is famous for. By this point, Tuxley had started reaching his done point. Up until this ride, he had only ever been in the trailer for about 25 miles. Now he had been in the trailer for over 34 miles and we weren’t even finished. By the time we arrived back home, Tuxley couldn’t wait to get out of the trailer and curl up on his favorite blanket for a nap. After all, it was a hard day of work being the Tuxls supervising the humans from the safety of the doxie carriage.
Mr. Tux and I loved the ride. On top of it being a great sunny day for riding, we also got to try out our new heart rate monitors and panniers. The heart rate monitors were amazing and totally worth it. Mr. Tux burned over 5,000 calories and I burned over 3,900. Having that many calories burned meant we were able to eat anything we wanted over the course of the day and still be under calorie by the end. As cool as the heart rate monitors were, the awesomest new item that I got to play with on this ride were my new set of Ortlieb Back Roller Classics. I am in LOVE! All of our extra gear, clothing layers, and other miscellaneous items were loaded into the panniers which mounted perfectly on Saoirse’s rack. Awesomeness!
Speaking of Saoirse, apparently my many trips to the bike shop are paying off. I was able to ride the 52 miles utilizing the new aero bars without too much hand, wrist, elbow, and arm pain. Once we got back from the ride, I dropped Saoirse back off at the shop for the last few necessary changes. With some new handlebar tape on the aero bars, the 36 inch handlebar swapped out for the 38 inch. straightened brake hoods, and “bar fat” installed under the handlebar tape, she will soon be ready for more long rides. Until then, I wait and cherish the memories of our Saturday ride.
A mocha for Mr. Tux, fruit smoothie for me, and chips for all
a lobster decal…Lobstermom needs one of these!
Saoirse, Optimus Prime, and the trailer all set up
a closer look at my beautiful new panniers! I am in love!!One tired puppy
Hopefully, we will be able to do another 52 mile ride this coming Saturday. Weather permitting of course. We will have new cold gear. Tuxley’s new sweater and coat have arrived and are ready for their maiden voyage. Keep pedaling peeps!