- Debt Ceiling Tug o' War Fever
- It is July, it gets hot in July
So, Saturday am I did my favorite 35 mile loop around the Rock Creek and Capital Crescent trails. I got out early enough to beat both the crowds and the heat, and did it without stopping, total time about 2 hours for a bit over 17 mph average. It was 80 degrees out when I started, 91 and icky when I stopped.
I scored the ride a plus 2. I get one point when I pass someone on a newer, skinnier bike than my 13 year old Trek 520 and I lose one point when anyone on an equally old or older, as fat or fatter, bike passes me. Mostly I was passing 0-pointers, but none of them passed me. The big "pelotons" of club cyclists were all going the other way - sometimes I can rack up points by passing some of them, but usually they are blowing by me like I'm standing still.
Later that night we were first nighters with Jim and Jacquie, seeing a pretty funny "Horrible Bosses" (3 stars, 1 of which is strictly for the various views of a barely dressed Jennifer Aniston) followed by a great meal at Zen Asian in Burtonsville. No power-boating this weekend - it was just too hot.
Sunday Carl and I decided to brave the heat and do one of the middle segments of the Heritage Rail Trail in Pennsylvania from New Freedom to Hanover Junction. Carl decided he knew a backroads "shortcut" rather than take i-83 all the way, so we appeared to tour through Ohio and parts of Wisconsin dairy farm land before I got out the mapping app on my Blackberry and got us back on course.
We did 20 miles from New Freedom to Hanover Junction and back, under a nice overcast that kept the temperature within reasonable bounds. It looked like the rail car pumper people might be out on the tracks but we never saw them. Not a lot of activity out on the trail in general, and the local businesses don't seem to be doing all that well. The turnaround point at Serenity Station only had a few tables occupied, compared to its usually nearly full state - lot of heat wussies stayed home, I guess.