|The gravel was mostly pulverized by the recent harvest machine traffic.|
I had ambitions for doing some big miles, but because I woke up late, that made me modify my plans even more. Still, it was a good long ride, and I will just have to work on a longer ride later. This day, I wasn't going to sweat that. It was just too good out to be negative. That said, not being negative for other reasons was tough.
Sometimes we all have those days when we just are not feeling right on the bike. I was starting out having one of those days. I couldn't breathe the way I am accustomed to. I felt awkward pedaling. All these layers! They constrict you more than wearing next to nothing when it is warm. Well, since it was in the 40's when I started, I had to have on a jacket, a pair of knickers, and gloves. All little things, but taken in total, they were conspiring to bring my mind down. I just decided that I would take what the ride would give me and keep pedaling.Whatever happened would happen.
|Harvesting is wrapping up in Iowa for the year.|
|A tiny rural cemetery on the border of Butler and Black Hawk Counties.|
I touched Grundy County after riding West through Black Hawk County. Then I turned North and West a bit to ride the border of Black Hawk County and Butler County, eventually turning into Butler County for a bit. The other interesting bit about this ride was that I crossed all the major tributaries of the Cedar River and the Cedar River itself on this loop. The first was Black Hawk Creek, then the next was Beaver Creek. In Butler County, I crossed the West Fork of the Cedar River on an old, iron bridge.
|When you see a line of trees ahead in Iowa, you can bet a river runs through it!|
|I passed some virgin sand prairie at the Cedar Hills Sand Prairie reserve.|
|The old bridge over the West Fork of the Cedar River.|
|Climbing up out of the West Fork's valley.|
|I could see the communities of Waverly and Janesville from this point, both of which were at least five miles from this spot.|
|I ran into some good sized hills up in Bremer County.|
|Formerly known as Waverly Junction Cemetery when Waverly Junction was a town.|
|The Fall colors are mostly muted this year. This outburst of orange was notable then.|
|Crossing the Cedar River at Janesville.|
|The dedication plaque for the bridge showing the former Wagon Bridge which used to be on this site.|
I left Janesville and headed East and South to get back through Bremer County and in to Black Hawk again and finally to Waterloo.
|I ran across this murder of crows sitting across the road and in both ditches. Weird!|
|A harvesting machine clearing up the last of the corn.|
|St. Paul's Church from the West.|
I got home and took it easy the rest of the day. I then went on a family walk later on, which made me realize just how sore my legs were. I don't think I drank enough water. Oh well! At least I felt 100% better at the end of the ride, and day, than I had when I started out.