|Things will start out pretty flat for several miles.|
As I have said on numerous occasions, this is a super-chill ride and the course is geared toward that as well. The first few miles will be on bike path that undulates a bit but doesn't have anything close to a hill. Then we hit some pavement that will lead out to gravel. That and the first several miles of gravel will be dead flat. Well.......I think so anyway. It is pretty flat out that way. You don't even get a slight incline until you go North on Ford Road. Even then it is a gentle slope. Nothing to fret over.
What you could have fretted about Wednesday was the three inches of fresh gravel strewn across the road. Man! That was a chunky, rough three mile stretch or so. Black Hawk County was doing road maintenance yesterday, or so it seemed. There were other fresh patches of gravel I ran across but nothing compares to that deep carpet of crushed limestone I rode on down Ford Road.
|Dump truck fresh for your eye ball rattling pleasure!|
|Church #1 on the course comes fairly early on into the ride.|
One thing I wanted to mention was that I discovered a really cool round ceramic tile barn on the route very early into the first gravel section. I have ridden this road several times before, but it is off the road far enough that it is easy to miss it. We will have to stop and check that out when the Geezer Ride happens.
|Not all gravel roads are lined with corn and soybeans. Notice the fresh gravel here.|
|Church #2 on the route as we approach from the West.|
|Church #3, an abandoned one, is only a mile North of the second one.|
|Barns For Jason|
|Church #4 is a much newer, fancier affair.|
|Church #5 is just a few miles west of #4.|
|Mount Vernon cemetery. I'd bet that there was a church here once, or very near to this site.|
The route finishes up going down a little known gravel road just North of Cedar Falls and then it will be a smooth, flatter paved ride back to the start, about 42 or so miles after you start. Well, that is.....if you come out to ride the Geezer Ride.
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