Bike Charlotte

Biking in Charlotte, NC

Ocean Reef

Found my training route, a 24 mile round trip to Ocean Reef via 905.

Staying on the east side of the road, heading north, it’s a shady ride due to the wall of mangroves. On the way back, I’m opposite traffic, but there’s not much activity on this road.

Even though this is the first post in almost 2 years, I’ve been riding my mountain bike all over South Florida. This is the first true training ride worth even mentioning, or else you’re hearing about when I go get groceries at Publix, which is only a 5 mile round trip.

Key Largo is my new home, I do miss Charlotte and the McAlpine.

distance 23.73 miles, average speed 14.2 mph.


McAlpine Weir Bridge

McAlpine Weir Bridge

Pictured is one of the weir bridges that’s preventing the asphalt from being laid down on the main trail between Sardis and Monroe roads. As soon as the bridges are completed, the asphalt trucks will start dumping their loads.

Can’t wait for the construction to finish, it’s been tough to ride, so I’ve been walking the trails instead. Everyday brought a different set of obstacles to overcome, so I hung up my spandex in favor of hiking boots.

Fall is here, the McAlpine is looking rather colorful.


Cooler weather ahead

What, no more heat?

In the last week, the weather has gone from unbearably hot, to nice and cool. Just like that, the air conditioners can take a break, till next summer.

The McAlpine is still a greenway looking to be finished. They were digging up the main trail between Sardis and Monroe today, then they were laying down gravel, passing over it with a heavy roller.

The excavator driver said that we were looking at 2 months to have a nicely paved walking trail. He also confirmed that 10 feet of dirt will follow the asphalt on either side for us dirt enthusiasts.

By Thanksgiving, fingers crossed, we’re walking off the turkey dinner on freshly paved trails.

distance 16.6 miles, average speed 13.0 mph.


Labor Day Rain

Rain on Labor Day, never fails.

Finishing up my first lap around the McAlpine and it started to rain. On a hot day like today it was a welcome event, cooled me down and gave me impetus to pedal faster on the main trail.

There’s not much more speed I can conjure up, the main trail is rather bumpy and the inner trails, with all the new growth, makes it really hard to see around the bends.

Feeling really good, all the work I’ve put in doing yard work has paid off, my legs muscles are well formed by now, the quads are defined.

distance 14.7 miles, average speed 13.5 mph.


Oh my aching back

Threw out my back working on the house.

Spent the week hunched over like that guy from Notre Dame, all I needed was the protruding hump. But today I had to get out, no matter what pain I felt.

Surprisingly the ride did me good, I feel much better now, though I’m cramping all over. The McAlpine is still in need of weir bridges, but hey at least there’s gravel on the trails instead of asphalt.

Even though I got out late today, there was a lot of people out there taking their afternoon walks. The bike bell was working overtime, on your left.

distance 14.9 miles, average speed 13.4 mph.


All quiet on the trail

The machines were idle this afternoon.

Had some work around the house to do today, but the lovely weather kept inviting me out. Once I finished up for the day, I suited up and headed out.

The trails were empty considering it was a Saturday, I guess everybody had gotten out earlier. There’s still quite a lot of work to be done on the main trail, the weir bridges still need to go up before the asphalt goes down.

Felt good, no more burning lungs, I guess it was the heat.

distance 12.9 miles, average speed 13.2 mph.


Cooling off

Woke up to a really nice cool morning.

Headed out to the McAlpine, it wasn’t a pleasant time. The amount of construction happening on this side of Monroe, made it near impossible to ride. Spent quite a lot of time walking and carrying my bike over obstacles.

Finished up riding around the neighborhood to get some miles in.

Looks like the McAlpine is going to be out of commission for the next few weeks as they lay down new asphalt. I’m not even going to attempt to ride it on the weekdays, I’ll wait for the weekend and see if the machines are idle.

distance 9.6 miles, average speed 11.9 mph.