|The wetness started the day before T.I.v13|
On the way over to my rendezvous point, it started to rain. Not heavily, but enough that by the time the day was over, the Level B roads were going to be too wet to ride. The last time Level B roads were a factor, other than v11 when no one finished, was way back in v8, when the moistness of the days previous to that Trans Iowa made the Level B roads all unrideable.
The roads I saw Friday also were being maintained. In fact, I saw two road graders during my recon. There were also plenty of patches of fresh, extra-chunky gravel as well. There was one thing that was pretty evident- the roads were not going to be all that smooth.
|The "Gravel Family Reunion" for me and those who come to Trans Iowa.|
So we had fewer folks than we've had in some time. It is really too bad. We really have a lot of fun at this meeting. Of course, Trans Iowa itself is a good time. The entire weekend really is a highlight for many folks' year. So it rained. Folks taking up a spot shouldn't "commit" and wilt when the conditions promise to be poor.
My previous two weeks before Trans Iowa were......difficult. I suppose I let that have the best of me in the sense that I partook of too much beer. That didn't work well the next day for me. Speaking of which, that will kick off tomorrows blog.