Yesterday was a great LRW. Over 2.5 hours in the saddle. Almost all beach. Its a good time of year for riding. You can get in a long ride without setting foot on a street.
During the winter, freighters run closer to shore. You never see them in summer. But on winter rides you see them all the time. This one was scary close to shore. I thought it was running the chance of hitting ground. It is sitting pretty high in the water so I assumed it was empty. If it was loaded, no way could it be there. Just on of the cool things you see on a bike ride. There are many if you look.
One of the many reasons I enjoy a slower ride is that one can stop and look at stuff. That's not happening on a Saturday group ride, summer or winter.
Sometimes I prefer solo for this very reason.
When the group is in the woods, its balls out and you can only state at the ground thats directly in front of you. In zone 4 or 5. I wonder how much stuff we ride past that we just dont see. Don't get me wrong, I like to get my heart rate up too, and the group forces me to do so, so its good for me. But sometimes I just like to chill and take it all in.
Fatbike rides are kinda like that. If something calls for a stop. We stop. Sure we ramp it up a bit. But we stop and talk more. Its more social. I think the social aspect of Fat Tires makes it more appealing to more riders.
Anyway, if I stopped to take pics of this ship on a Saturday ride I would have been left in the dust. Dropped like a sack of moldy diapers.
Just the other week we rode past a pair of eagles and a couple stopped to take a pic. Dropped also.
But that's OK cuz its that kind of ride. We know this going in. Its still way fun.
So that said, one must know the type of ride he\she is going on. If its a fast group ride, prepare for such. On the other hand, don't try and throw down some pyramid intervals on a slower social ride. But there will always be "that guy" who shows up with a personal agenda much different than the genre of ride. It happens.
So as ,much as I like a good group ride to push me, I do like to take it slow and "meander" around. My favorite rides.
That's Long Ride Wednesday.