Steve Shaw loves his ride to Indy NBG Day

Discussion in 'rec.bicycles.rides' started by Cycle America, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Attorney and former Mayor, Steve Shaw, riding a fast Canondale road
    bike, rolled his half century from Rushville to Indianapolis NBG Day
    with the greatest of ease as he reports below. As added testimony to how
    little effort he expended on the entire 111 mile, Cincinnati to
    Indianapolis connection, he even documented it with these fun pictures:
    http://www.nationalbicyclegreenway.com/gallery/Indy2004?page=1

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    Thursday, I had arrived in Rushville, tired, but feeling like, maybe I
    could ride a little farther. Alas, my reservations required that I
    cancel with 24 hours notice, so with some relief, I headed for the
    hotel. 

    Today started with cloudy skies, but no apparent rain in sight. Another
    inch and a half of rain had fallen the night before. That proved to be
    a blessing.

    I received advice that I ought to ride on Route 40 to Indy. It is four
    lanes with a good shoulder. That sounded inviting. However, I hate the
    constant noise of traffic and I figured that if it was four lanes, there
    was a reason it was so wide. So instead, I ignored the sobering news
    that a cyclist had been killed on Route 52 last week and opted to stick
    with my original plan and ride U.S. Route 52 into Indy. It was a good
    decision. Traffic was light, the shoulder was smooth and fairly wide.
    The bonus, as it turned out, was that the hard rains the last two nights
    had thoroughly cleaned the berm. There was hardly a rock or bit of
    debris to be found.

    The ride was a dream compared to Day One. Whereas I was happy to hit
    15-16 MPH the first day, even on the flats, today I cruised along
    against a mild headwind at 17-19 MPH. No flats, no near misses, no
    worries man. I easily found the rendezvous location with Victor and was
    overjoyed to find it included a Starbucks near the corner. I was in
    heaven.

    Victor and I chatted for about an hour, including a patch of his rear
    tire, then off we went to the ceremony. After a small failure of
    Victor's cart connection, we arrived at the ceremony. A large group was
    assembled. It included the Planning czar for the Indianapolis parks,
    the Greenway development team, an assortment of riders, three TV
    stations and at least one newspaper reporter. The event was a
    combination news conference announcing the release of a new map of the
    trail system in the county and the adjoining counties and acknowledgment
    of NBG and its efforts to develop trails across the country. Victor
    received the proclamation and said a few fine words in support of NBG
    and its efforts. I was ignored. Which was just fine!

    We then headed off northbound on the Monon trail. Victor and I were
    left behind by the speedier bike riders, so we cruised up the trail on
    our own and found a local cafe to enjoy some food and conversation.
    After a wonderful chat, we said our goodbyes and wished each other well.
    I sprinted off to meet my wife out by the interstate and Victor began
    his journey to Chicago to spend time with his extended family. We hope
    to meet up next week as I will be visiting Chicago for a quick visit and
    a ballgame.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my two rides. Although Thursday's ride was a
    challenge, starting off with traffic and rain and wet pavement, moving
    into hills and finishing with a gradual uphill climb against headwinds.
    I still found it oddly enjoyable. While I longed for the pace and the
    safety of a bike path, the constant change of scenery, the interaction
    with cars and trucks and a few animals, makes the ride go by quickly. 

    If I am lucky enough to participate again next year, I plan to find a
    scenic ride that will satisfy my desire to take more photos and give me
    reason to take a slower pace along the way. 

    By the way, bike and equipment weighed in at 50 pounds, plus the fluids
    and food I carried. I usually train at less than half that weight.

    I am so fortunate to have a supportive family and I thank them for their
    assistance in making this possible.

    Take care and thank you NBG for your support and all that you do to
    make the dream of a cross country, even cross city or cross state trails
    a reality.

    Steve
     
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