Greg took my bike to the Trek store today to get my cyclometer fixed. The battery had died, and when he changed it, it never worked right again. The people at the store ended up just replacing it for free, which was super nice. Excited to use it again, I decided to go on a bike ride tonight.
I parked in Loveland and rode south this time. I haven't gone that way in a long time and wanted to switch things up. I think there are more smooth parts. The trail is riddled with bumps from where repairs were made in the asphalt after tree roots were pushing up the pavement. Some are good and others are hidden speed bumps that really jar you. It gets old after a while.
It was a gorgeous night. For the most part my speed was around 16.2 mph. I've joked before about hitting deer. Tonight is probably the closest I've ever come. It wasn't a close call or anything, but I definitely had to slow down a lot for the deer or I may have plowed into it. It moseyed out onto the path and stared at me while it crossed. I was probably going around 18 mph at this point and slowed down all the way to a stop. Ended up being only about 8 or 10 feet away from it and then saw two more fawns farther into the brush and another fawn on the other side of the path. They were all way too tame, just blinking their big eyes at me. We had our stare-down, then I got back on my bike.
I went a little ways past Milford area and then turned around. Coming back felt like it was all uphill. I guess I was just tired. But overall the ride was great. Having my cyclometer back made all the difference in keeping me occupied with checking my speeds.
When I got back to the parking lot, I coasted up to my car and unclipped my right foot. But for some reason I was leaning left and started to go over. No no no...Crash! It was the most ridiculous thing to be almost stopped and just fall over, not being able to do anything about it. I landed pretty squarely on my hip and also on my elbow and wrist. They hurt a little - we'll see how it all fares tomorrow! I can now mark that one off the list. It was bound to happen at some point.