Morning Fog at Crystal Springs

January 7, 2021
20.12 miles
Crystal Springs Reservoir

Despite scraping my hands a bit yesterday, I wanted to get some good use out of my rental bike (I did pay the money for it!), so I headed out for a short morning ride today. The nice thing about being at my uncle’s place rather than my own apartment is that I have access to a car—coincidentally, this was the car that I used to learn how to drive, so I am fairly comfortable in it. As a result, I am not limited to trails that I can access by bicycle. This does bring an exhilarating sense of freedom.

Road bike in back of car
With some “creative rearrangement,” the bike fit in the back of my car, no bike rack needed. (full resolution)

I ended up riding the trail around the Crystal Springs Reservoir, which was recommended by one of my uncle’s friend, apparently also a cyclist. It was quite a pretty place, particularly with the morning fog that graces northern California.

View one of Crystal Springs Reservoir, with fog View two of Crystal Springs Reservoir, with fog
Beautiful morning fog from the top of the Crystal Springs Dam. You probably know that I have a soft spot for bridges and tunnels, but I suppose dams are pretty cool as well. I don’t know if there are any neat dams in southwestern Pennsylvania. (full resolution: left, right)

The ride itself was pretty uneventful. I did feel the lingering effects of my trip from yesterday; this saddle is a little harder than I’m used to, so my buttocks were slightly sore to begin with, although this went away with more riding. I also felt the psychological impact of the fall: I’m now a little nervous when turning corners, particularly since the ground was wet this morning.

Rental bike against a wooden fence
A picture of the bike during the ride. Yes, my bike photography skills need improvement: the crank angle is a little off, and there is mud on the seat tube and down tube. (full resolution)

I considered extending the ride with a trip to Half Moon Bay, but I decided to just cut the ride short. I don’t want to tire myself out too early into my bike rental period, since I have more rides planned. I was also planning to play 找朋友 (zhǎo péng yǒu, a Chinese card game) virtually with some friends at 1:00 pm, so I needed to get back early.

Rental bike on Crystal Springs Dam Me on Crystal Springs Dam
A picture of me and the rental bike on the Crystal Springs Dam, after a short but sweet morning ride. (full resolution: left, right)

I did learn not to go out for a ride without eating breakfast first! I normally have a pretty big breakfast before going out on a ride, but today I just had an apple and a Clif bar, since I still feel a little awkward about making breakfast at my uncle’s place. This was a big mistake, since I started to keenly feel the hunger almost immediately on my ride.