Code And Cocktails

Another Century Ride

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The Stats

  • Departure Time: 2012-07-08T06:11EDT
  • Arrival Time: 2012-07-08T18:00EDT (approximately)
  • Distance: 105.47 miles
  • Travel Time: 10h20m
  • Average speed: 10.42mph
  • Total Time: ~12h
  • Days since Previous Century: 364 (2011-07-10)

Yes, I am a very slow rider. I ride a 1971 Schwinn 3-speed. Deal with it.

Places Seen, People Met

I traveled through a variety of cities:

  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Arlington
  • Bedford
  • Concord
  • Maynard
  • Hudson
  • Marlborough
  • Southborough
  • Hopkington
  • Holliston
  • Sherborn
  • Natick
  • Wellesley
  • Weston
  • Waltham
  • Newton
  • Watertown
  • Maybe some more I didn’t even know I was in.

I saw lovely tree-lined streets, I saw lovely tree-lined dirt-roads which Google Maps says are bike trails, I saw empty suburban neighborhoods, I saw strip-mall blight, I saw a wide variety.

I found out that while urban/suburban folk put out furniture with a ‘Free’ sign; rural folk put out yellow squash with a ‘Free’ sign.

I saw part of Hopkington twice; but the nice guy on the 2nd story porch pointed me in the right direction. I told him “Hopefully you won’t see me again” as I left, and he did not.

I stopped to tie my shoe and the homeowner working on his lawn asked to make sure I had enough water - was going to get me ice-cold water if I wanted; then we chatted about my bike and bikes he’s had.

I was only defeated by one hill: traveling south on Cedar St. to Hopkington it appeared to me that the hill was about a 45 degree angle and maybe a half mile long. After all the hills in Marlborough I decided to just walk up it.

I reached a personal-goal in the ride of riding across Interstate 495, I did it twice; the second time was an overpass with no ramps was much nicer than the first.

I managed to hit 30mph or come close a few times again; with a good road surface that speed is much safer feeling. But one must be vigilant of any possible bumps, and to be able to evade them takes a road clear of traffic.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

It was good to go somewhere brand new to me, it was also good to have portions of my ride be familiar; especially the end where after reaching Norumbega Tower I knew exactly how to get home.

The bad was that I started the ride with a boring loop around the Charles and then the very familiar ride out to Concord. I found that this stretch was the most dis-spiriting; it was just a boring ride. The rest of my ride (except the last leg home) was new roads I had never biked on (but I had driven a car on a few it turns out). This was all exploration - that is what I need during such a long ride.

The ugly? To put it delicately: my ass hurts.

Would I do it again?

Of course I would - I’m just that sort of stupid.

I need to find places to go and things to see. I also need to make sure the ride is as comfortable as possible.

Possible future rides (Century or not):

  • To Providence with a stop in Franklin (to visit family)
  • To the source of the Charles River
  • To Seebrook Power Plant