The OFM fat body needed some exercise. SightSeer (SS) was screaming to be let out of the back of the Truck to play. So we teamed our needs and wants and went to GISP to ride. SS was really excited and flopped all over the place as the OFM brought it out of the camper to the parking lot. SS was well behaved besides the giggling as the front wheel was put into the frame, the front brake installed and the tires aired up to 65 psi.When the OFM finally remembered all the things he needed to do, like put on his brain bucket, the OFM Bike Riding Team go on the road. Yes, water was even remembered. The minute the OFM was seated, SS grabbed a gear and away we flew. It took a few minutes to get back into the mode of shifting gears at the proper time but the feeling came back quickly. The friction shifting is still my preference for my type of riding.
SS lived up to its name. Every few minutes it had to stop to check out the scenery. On the first leg of the journey SS decided that the back bay marsh needed a close examination.
After some serious tugging at the handlebar, we moved on down the road. Realize that this stretch of road in the park is at a nominal elevation of three feet so the up and down is not very serious.Sure enough SS smelled some flowers and had to stop to check them out. It stuck its front wheel in to get a good sniff. The OFM was watching the water behind the flowers for signs he needed to get a fishing rod into action.
A little ways along the way were these tall flowers. SS did not want to stop. The OFM thought maybe SS was afraid of those large flowers.
From here we left the park to make a loop over by the Big Tree and back along St. Charles Bay. It was getting pretty warm but a lot of the loop is in the shade of old oak trees. It is a great loop to ride except for the mosquitos if you have to stop to adjust something. When the Team got to the Big Tree, SS said we needed to rest a few minutes. TheOFM did not argue. SS pulled in to the fenced shady spot at the Big Tree. The Ofm got off to take this next picture. The mosquitos swarmed quickly so there was not much rest time at this location.
The portion of the loop by the water is out in the sunshine. SS was running well and in top gear we were making 14 mph. That is plenty fast enough for the OFM and his bad eyes.On returning to the GISP we rode on around to the wooded camping area and made a couple of loops of that area. About then the OFM was starting to feel the heat too much, so SS headed for the Truck. With SS stowed in the Truck and the AC going full blast the teams headed back for the Castle.
Since we quit in time before the OFM got too hot, it was a wonderful riding adventure. Maybe in cooler weather we could do a lot more of the Lamar Peninsula in our effort of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.