Iâ€™ve awoken this morning with a very sore and stiff right knee. I think my body is telling me that today should be a â€œrest dayâ€, and when you read about my weekend escapades you may agree.
Friday was a working day! However, I managed to put in 45 minutes on the trainer and hang out with Bonnie on my carport for awhile. We didnâ€™t hang out too late because for the second week in a row we had an early morning planned for Saturday.
Saturday morning I picked up Bonnie and we drove down to Cochran Mill park to meet Steve, and Tammy, to ride Silk Sheets. Steve and I rode ten miles together before he had to peel off and return to the park so that he could be responsible. I on the other hand, was bound and determined to get in at least forty miles. For me it turned out to be 43 miles in three hours in the saddle, never feeling perfectly comfortable. After the ladies came in the three of us hung in the park for a little while before departing. My day was far from over.
After unpacking the car I hopped into the shower to clean off. I picked up Bonnie at 4:30pm and we masked up to drive to Lawrenceville to drink one beer! Well, the occasion made the effort worth is as it was the Grand Opening of an old friendâ€™s brewery, Ironshield Brewing. Upon arrival youâ€™d think Prohibition had just been lifted in Lawrenceville, the place was packed. I knew Iâ€™d see John (aka HamWithCam) there, and was pleasantly surprised to also see that Barb and her friends also made an appearance. The brewery is nice, we got a tour and a free beer from Dave, before heading back ITP.
One of the things COVID has made harder for me is making unplanned stops to eat or drink. As we snaked back toward East Atlanta Bonnie and I kept looking for places that were open and at which weâ€™d feel comfortable stopping. That never happened, so dinner was a delicious white pizza from Grant Central East and a few more beers once again sitting in my carport.
Yesterday I was up at 5am. I wanted to tackle laundry before tackling the yard. I spent another 2+ hours â€œcleaning upâ€ the yard. In two weeks I have amassed twelve yard waste bags stuffed with English ivy and other debris, and dragged many more branches and small trees to the far back corner of my lot. Someday I hope to get the yard in a shape that pleases me. After cleaning up from yard work the plan was to hike Indian Seats, but a look at what appeared to be a wicked storm system changed our minds. Bonnie and I scrambled to find a southern replacement and settled on visiting High Falls State Park. There Bonnie and I hiked about 4.5 miles. The plan was to then use our Hop Passports in Hampton, GA by visiting Jailhouse Brewing; that plan was killed when getting directions to the brewery I discovered that it had shuttered its doors just recently. As one brewery opens an old timer closes…
Undaunted, Bonnie and I set out to visit a place that has quickly become a favorite of mine â€” Red’s Beer Garden. Redâ€™s offers a great selection of beer, and vegetarian hot dogs (yeah, they have meat ones too). Bonnie and I sat at a picnic table under an umbrella with a fan pointed at our table and enjoyed a meal with beers. I even was treated to seeing Bonnie do one of her favorite things, crushing cans with a beer crusher. ðŸ˜
I put many more miles on the M6 in two days than I have in the previous four months. This week I will have to do that thing we used to call â€œfilling the tankâ€. ðŸ˜®
And that was my weekend. I hope yours was as rewarding, and that you are remaining healthy.