|Big sky, clear roads, and warmer temps mean gravel grinding!|
I also decided that to expedite things, I would drive to the edge of town, rather than ride, as I often do, which was a time saving measure based upon my need to be somewhere shortly afternoon. It worked out too, but it isn't my preference to drive to get out of town when I go for the gravel roads.
|The snow is almost completely gone now. Just a few remnants of drifts here and there.|
|The Bremer-Black Hawk county border road (Right to Left here), looking up to Bremer County. The roads were still soft and wet in spots.|
|Wood "palettes" used to carry construction equipment into the fields|
Mystery solved to my satisfaction, I took off again to the North into a pretty stiff Northeast wind. The road was recovering from being saturated, but there were plenty of places where it was like riding through cookie dough or slicing into a thick sand pile. It was hard at times to even see the difference between soft and hard parts of the road. At other times it was plain as day. North South roads were better than East West roads were, just as it was this past weekend. Through it all, the Nano 40 TCS tires were very smooth. These tires have a very damped feel, and roll very well in the tough, rock strewn roads of rural Iowa.
|Going back South with the wind at my back. The roads were great here for a while.|
|Bennington #3 School survived another Winter. One of decades worth of Winters.|
|The "Big Rock" rest stop.|
I did stop for a bit of personal business at "The Big Rock" of Big Rock Road. (To be revealed at a later date, and not what you might think it was! ) That didn't take long, and then I was flying Southward again. I ended up coming across the County maintainer and a dump truck off in the distance on the mile section of road I needed to take Westward. I was sure hoping I wouldn't need to make a detour! That would have cut way into my time.
Fortunately I saw that they were patching a soft road with fresh dump truck loads of gravel and grading it out. I waved at the maintainer as I passed carefully by on the far right edge of the roadway. The gravel was very deep, but it wasn't too bad with the Nano 40 tubeless tires. The bike was stable despite the higher rolling resistance of the deep gravel. I did make it back on time as well. Even though I had a bit of slow going there.
So, a good little jaunt out in early Spring weather. A great experience so far with the Nano 40 tubeless tires, an okay experience with the Gary Sweep OS bars, and a so-so experience with the Gevenalle GX shifters. Hey.......two outta three ain't bad.