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Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Saturday, June 8

This is posting #6 of a camping and bicycling trip I took with some friends through the Finger Lakes region of upper-state New York. Here's the complete set of postings:
This time from Ithaca, where Ash brought us so we could all watch Germany's World Cup soccer team play against China, and then ride out along some bike trails - first the Waterfront Trail and then the Black Diamond trail to Taughannock State Park, and from there back to Cayuga Lake State Park.

Like Thursday's start on biking, the bike trails were steady uphills going out of Ithaca - but this time quite different, in that the incline was slight and the trail went through woods, and farmland emerging to cross roads every so often. It was idyllic and quite pleasant. Not near as diverse, nor ultimately quite as interesting as Thursday's ride, but still great to be on the bike going in nice places.

I was noticing that, in general, I was tending to feel sore feet and butt in the last ¼ or 10 miles of the trip. This seemed to be getting more pronounced as the days went by. I tried adjusting my bike seat a little, on Friday, moving it forward. I think that helped, but not completely. Also, I was biking in my Xero thin-soled sandals (Z-Trek). I liked the feel of it, but maybe it was unwise? If I do this kind of kind of thing I ought to try at least a day with shoes that have more substantial soles.

For my food experiment, I resolved that I would try only apples (and some grapes), starting out with an apple (all Granny Smiths, which I adore) before parting, and then more during the day if needed. The idea was to see if that had less lasting contribution to the digestive system heaviness and queasiness than the dried fruit.

I did have another apple (and some grapes) later in the day. I noticed less of a pick-me-up than with the dried fruit, but couldn't tell whether or not there was less digestive-system after-effects. It's the kind of thing that only becomes clear gradually, if at all. )-:

Next: Finger Lakes 2019-06 Biking: Sunday, June 9
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Ana Orenstein said…
My personal account on wearing Xero sandals for venturing outdoors: I experimented with them on a short paved 3.5-mile hike in Snow Canyon Park in Southern Utah in the summer. It didn't go too well for me, rendered huge blisters.

I love my Xero sandals for everyday urban use, but much preferred my pair of Merrells, the Women's Trail Glove 4 Knit ( as a barefoot-style alternative for previously bulky hiking shoes. The sole of these have more structure than a straight barefoot shoe, and as for its body — it hugs my feet like a sock (dispensing the need to wear an additional pair).

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