|There is another cyclist in this picture. Really...|
Sunday Mrs. Guitar Ted made me get out and go again. I was ready to, and agreed. This time it would be a longer ride. Gravel was on the menu, and I had a couple of routes in mind depending upon what the wind was doing when I left the house. I decided to take the Noble Bikes GX5, as this ride would help close out the Lube-Off testing for that chain lube on that bike. (More on that soon)
The wind was out of the Southeast, so South it was. The plan for this year is to try to knock out every gravel road I have not been on before in Black Hawk County. I've identified a few places in the county where I haven't been on the gravel yet, and this day's ride would knock out another chunk of that. I'd been on a portion of this road before, but not all the way to the county line. As I got out there, I looked and I was surprised to see another cyclist ahead of me.
Now typically I'd be excited about that, but in my current state of mind, and with what is going on now, I just couldn't deal with any sort of encounter. So, as soon as I saw the person ahead of me, and realized I was catching up fast, I slowed way down. Maybe this person will realize it was them and be reading this? If so, I apologize. It wasn't you, personally. I just did not want to deal with anyone on my ride. So, when I saw this person turn off, I blasted straight down the road and never saw another cyclist again until I got back into town, of course.
|Cattle were seen out and about again after a long Winter.|
|Field work has begun and the implements are leaving interesting patterns in the soil.|
|Many field tillers and disc rigs were seen on my ride.|
|Time for a rest stop.|
|Barns For Jason #1|
|Barns For Jason #2|
|Barns For Jason #3|
|Barns For Jason #4|
|A site where there was a controlled burn.|
Once I got going North it was a lot easier going. The roads were maintenanced in Tama County not long ago, but with the wind at my back it didn't matter. The Vittoria Terreno Dry tires just rolled right on through there and once I got back into Black Hawk County the roads were smooth and very fast. In fact, it is pretty much mid to late Summer like conditions now. There are places so dry that the roads are "blowing out" and turning into sandy, deeper sections. We could really use some rain, by the looks of things out there.
|Barns For Jason #5|