Get Lost!

I went on a bike ride today with my new toy. I started by following the Minuteman Bike trail from Arlington Center to Bedford. Then I started back, but I deliberately got off the trail (it would be hard to do so accidentally) and just rode in a direction that I thought would take me a ways east and south. After riding for a while that way, taking semi-random turns and ending up somewhere completely unfamiliar, I asked my toy for help.

I confess that this is someone else’s picture of their toy on their bike, but you get the idea. I thought I would extend what’s normally just shy of a 20 mile ride by a mile or two. But here’s what I ended up with:

You can see what I great sense of direction I have. At least I didn’t end up going west! Anyway, it was a fun outing and a fun, successful test of the new toy. It also records tons of data to analyze later. Hopefully it will be interesting to me at some point.

Longest Bike Ride Ever

Yesterday, to celebrate Independence Day (observed), we went to Crane Beach up in Ipswich. Avoiding the hottest part of the day, we went mid-afternoon and stayed until early evening. It was a good day to be at the beach, but the ocean water there, Brrrr! still cold.

The rest of the family drove the van up, but crazy me, I rode my bike. It should have been 34 miles, but I took an unintended, extended tour of Lynn, and made it 37 miles. Thanks to an anonymous biker and a resident of Lynnfield St. for setting me back on my intended path.

That makes it, I’m pretty certain, the longest ride I’ve done in one “sitting.”