Saturday, May 28, 2011
148/365: Bike trip!
I like cycling.
The problem is finding people who want to cycle with me. I'm in that awkward bracket: not hardcore enough for most enthusiasts, too hardcore for my casually biking friends. So, when I plan a trip somewhere, I usually end up going alone.
But this time, the trip wasn't my idea. "Let's go to Rogów," my friend Kasia (in the picture) said. "Let's go to the Life Sciences Arboretum." Only, of course, the minute I said yes, the planning fell to me. And planning is odd when you can't gauge the endurance of your group. Already, there were complaints. "Eight in the morning? Why do we have to leave that early?"
"Because it will be boiling hot by 11 am, and because it's thirty miles, and I can't see you going faster than eight on average."
And because I only know half of the way there. But, I didn't tell them that.
I plotted a route, strapped my new Android phone to the handlebars for GPS assistance, and hoped for the best.
We got lost, of course. Pro tip: when the opening of a trail is guarded by a headless Jesus statue, don't follow it. It's a very, very bad trail.
The next trip I'm planning will be lonesome. Apparently no one wants to bike sixty miles to see the ruins of a gothic castle.