|Nearly 60 degrees on January 9th? I'll take it.|
Yeah, I have no idea, but this has happened before. I recall doing recon for Trans Iowa v8 on a January 8th where it was just like this. Warm, windy, and very brown! I knocked out the lion's share of the recon myself that year on that day. It was stellar!
But it is always better to be on a bicycle when you can be. So, I obviously was salivating over the chance of possibly grinding some gravel on Thursday last week. However; my enthusiasm was tempered a bit when there were high wind warnings posted that morning for our area. The warning was for gusts from 40-50mph! Okay, if that had happened, I would not have ridden. However; it was calmer than they thought. The winds weren't light, not by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely something I could handle on a bicycle. Maybe 20-ish miles an hour? Not terrible.
The gravel? Hmm.... I did not know what to expect. We had snow and obviously, that was melting, but maybe the roads would be soft? Or maybe I'd run into ice, which takes longer to melt. Well, other than being a bit on the damp side here and there, the roads were actually really nice. So, that was a pleasant surprise. What wasn't pleasant was the fact that my front fender was installed a little too close to the tire on the back side. WTB Venture tires tend to sling gravel a bit, and so I had a noisy front wheel/fender for the entire ride. Gah!
|The roads were damp, gritty, but fast as they could be for this time of the year.|
But riding on January 9th when it is nearly 60°? I'm not passing that up, no matter how crappy I felt about the ride! And especially since we had snow over the weekend. That might be the last "Brown Season" post for a while.