I finished with the light project about 10:30 and decided to take another run on my road bike up to the Emerald Bay overlook again. Friday was the first time I have done this ride with only my riding shorts and a short sleeve shirt.....it was so cold the first few times I rode that route I had to really bundle up. As I approached the overlook I realized I was breaking my old time of just over 47 minutes by a lot! Just as I pulled into the parking lot the timer on my Garmin 205 Edge read 43 minutes, 12 seconds......I was not expecting a 4 minute improvement! All the mountain biking I have been doing with the 3-4 mile steep climbs is paying off! This time, instead of stopping to take in the view, take a few pix, and catch my breath, I just turned around and headed back down the hill seeing how long I could stand in the pedals......this is the part of riding up a long hill that comes in handy for when I ride my mountain bike. When you are making a long downhill run mountain biking you, at least I do, spend a lot of time just standing on the pedals. If you are not used to this your legs eventually start feeling like jelly. The first few times coming down the hill I could only stand on the pedals for a 1/4 mile here and there, but this time I was able to do it for a mile at a time. The total round trip ride took 74 minutes, also another personal best.
We had a date to ride over to Steamer's Bar & Grill with Bill and Debby at 1 pm for their weekly fish taco Friday, but Debby had not yet returned from a hike, so the 3 of us pedaled over. I cannot relate adequately how good their fish tacos are.......until arriving here in SLT my favorite fish taco place was Rubio's, which I wrote about when we were in Riverside for a few months.....now I'm not sure who is first, and who is second. I had my usual 2 fish tacos, and TLE had one this time....we chased them with ice tea. We enjoyed a pleasant time talking with Bill about the local area hiking trails, and his 99.99% Vegan diet (he and Debby are Vegans). As most of you probably know a Vegan diet is strictly plant based......no meat, no dairy.....just plant based food. On the other hand vegetarians do eat dairy products. I admire those who can forego dairy and meat in their diet, but it is not for me. Obviously Bill and Debby make rare exceptions for meat, and fish tacos at Steamer's is one of those extremely rare exceptions. I think Bill has lost at least 30 pounds over the last two years with this new dietary lifestyle.