Nothing makes a day better than spending it running errands by bike, especially when coupled with sunny skies, warmer temps, and a day off from work! A perfect antidote to the foul mood I was in a couple days ago...
Yesterday, I hopped on my Xtracycle and headed up to Twinsburg, with a stop at the post office in Hudson on the way. I had never ridden on the stretch of Rt 91 (Darrow Rd) between Hudson and Twinsburg before. For much of the way, there is a wide, dedicated bike lane, but the sections without the bike lane are definitely not for the faint of heart. Plus, it's uphill most of the way to Twinsburg--tougher on the way there, but a breeze downhill on the way home! I broke up the ride home with a cofffee stop at Hattie's Cafe' Fountain & Gift in Hudson.
Warning: Shameless Plug ahead
This ride was the first time in my brand spakin' new Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek shoes, my new favorite cycling shoes. Like other lace-up casual cycling shoes, they are comfortable and provide easy walkability with cleated pedals, and the sneaker style reduces the geek factor (although some might say the orange highlights crank the geek factor back up). But, they bring some extra features to the table.
They are based on the same upper as Pearls Izumi's popular Seek running shoes, which includes a one-piece seamless inner lining, providing increased comfort and reducing the possibility of hot spots. The sole provides the usual inner nylon plate to provide pedaling efficiency, but with a hinged section in the toe area, providing even more comfortable walking than other cycling shoes of this style.