|Lots of field preparation is happening right now out in the rural areas.|
The plan was to go down to Petrie Road, turn right and do the Level B Road there, and then head down Holmes Road till I reached 110th in Tama County where I planned to go right and catch three straight miles of Level B Road a mile West of HWY 63. Then I was going to turn North at a "T" intersection and go back till I reached Griffith Road, take a right,and then follow the mostly diagonal and flat Eldora Road back to Hudson and then back on flat bike path.
Well, that was the plan. I did not execute the plan well though. You shall see about that later. First, however, I had to get South, and I was riding right into the wind, which was a beast, actually. It was making my right knee hurt, I was pushing so hard. Finally I got some respite by turning West on Petrie Road. The level B was sandy, rutted,and loose from farm traffic which was busy this day. I had to stop briefly to allow some big truck to go out of the Level B and there were tractors fertilizing with anhydrous ammonia in the field adjacent to the road on the South side. I could hear the tractor, but I could not see it since the road is cut down into a hill right there. I passed that by and then hit a really soft section which I managed to clear without dabbing.
|A small creek and a bit of prairie burn here.|
The gravel was fresh, of course, and the wind was strong. I ended up stopping for a break after 12 miles. I tightened my Lezyne GPS mount which had vibrated loose, then I ate a packet of almond butter and hit the road South again.
|The Black Hawk-Tama County Line. Tama County is to the right here.|
|There were anhydrous ammonia tanks sitting all over. That's Buckingham Iowa off on the horizon there.|
|This giant ag vehicle looks tiny and insignificant when seen against the backdrop of the vast plains.|
|Looking back East on 110th in Tama County.|
|Level B Road find: A perfectly coiled up strand of nylon rope. Of course, I took it home!|
|I interpret this sign to say "Adventure Road!"|
|Generally Iowa is truly a beautiful place. Occasionally man has found ways to muck it up.|
|On the last mile of the three consecutive Level B sections.|
|Barns For Jason|
I made it though, eventually, and clocked in 45 miles in the process. My legs were destroyed and all I wanted to do most of the rest of the day was sleep, but I eventually bounced back. I'm looking forward to exploring some more Tama County dirt roads this year. Stay tuned.....