|Starting out at 30°F with heavy frost on the ground. The temperature rose 34°F during my ride!|
I knew going into this that I was going to see a wide swing in temperatures. It was 30°F when I left at 7:00am and I was expecting that I might see 60°F before I got home. Dressing, or maybe more accurately, undressing, for this as the day went on was going to be interesting. I also had to balance being able to carry enough water and food with having a place to stash things as I peeled them off.
Here's a list of what I was wearing when I left the house:
- Bontrager sleeveless base layer.
- Louis Garneau bib shorts
- Pirate Cycling League "black" jersey from 2014
- "Frostbike" branded wool DeFeet arm warmers.
- Bontrager Thermal tights
- Bontrager wind shell
- DeFeet wool socks
- "Mart bag" vapor barriers on the feet.
- Polypro beanie
- Wool glove liners with Bontrager heavy Lycra full finger Winter gloves.
- Shimano three strap shoes.
- Gargoyle sunglasses
- Bell helmet.
|Headed South on Aker Road. It was darn chilly, but the Sun was bright and the winds were light.|
|A brief stop to have a nature break and eat a bit of gel. Then it was back at it!|
|See that little cardboard box on the ledge above my handle bars? It's a little cherry pie! It was really good too.|
|Hike-a-bike. It's good for the soul.|
|Maybe I should have packed snowshoes!|
|Thanks to Mike Johnson, who made this tool, I was back up and running in no time once I cleared the Level B road.|
The mud was dispatched from my bike and shoes by a simple little tool made from a shish-kabob skewer by Mike Johnson who showed it to me a couple of years ago. It works like a champ and is easily stowed in a bag. Thanks Mike! Once that task was done, my clothes stashed, and after a bit of water, I was off again. I decided to skip going to J Avenue when I ran into another muddy Level B. I just headed straight up K Avenue instead. I couldn't afford to spend the time hiking another B road on this day.
|Ridge Road Northwest of Traer is an awesome piece of Iowa gravel. You should ride it too.|
|Rest stop on the corner of 155th and P.|
The wind really was pushing me hard, which was good. I was getting tired legs and I had 20 miles to go. I made the final rest stop at the corner of 115th and U Street to eat my last peanut butter and honey sandwich, then I flew back to Waterloo on the wings of the wind.
All in all it was a great day out on the bike, I felt really good, considering this was my longest ride since October, and everything went pretty much according to plan. I got back at 2:15pm, so it was a long day anyway. I have not fully accounted for the mileage yet, but I am pretty sure it was over 63 miles, (UPDATE- Total mileage was just at 70 miles), so I got my Cup O Dirt challenge started out right. Now I just need to keep it up.