Lake Loop My Way
Today I left the house having a loop in mind. When I arrived at the foot of the first climb, the lakeside silence suddenly died in the pop-pop-pop of gunfire. No, this wasn’t a bank robbery gone wrong or anything like that. My climb just happened to cross path with the bullets at a small shooting range. A rope had been strung across the tiny road I wanted to climb - no trespassing. Alright, I thought to myself, I’ll just continue my ride along the lake and hit a different climb. But as soon as I had sight of St. Peter’s Island, I scrapped the idea of that climb and decided to head out to the island and ride back along the lakeshore on the other, southern side.
Riding through the vineyards along the northern side of the lake I had to pass a few hikers, but other that that no one was on the narrow, paved vineyard roads. Once I hit the gravel roads out to the island and back along the southern edge of the lake however, I met a bunch of your typical weekend pleasure cyclists, who quickly reminded me why I don’t usually ride such roads. There’s nothing wrong with the not-so-fit and the not-so-skilled riding their bicycles. On the contrary, it’s great that they do. Rather, I should remind myself to either ride where they don’t or take my tempo down a notch because too many of those folks have their eyes on everything but the road ahead with the result that they zigzag all over the place. I had a few close encounters with a couple that was riding side-by-side not knowing whether to go left or right while I came fast charging and some silly dude on a brand spanking new Specialized e-bike suddenly deciding to make a left turn right in front of me. Note to myself - only do the lake loop in crappy weather or during the winter - risk of collisions will be greatly reduced.
|Distance:||62.2 km (38.6 miles)|
|Elevation:||667 m (2’189 feet)|
|Speed (avg/max):||28.7/17.8 kph (65.2/40.5 mph)|