|Escaping from town on some fresh Burton Avenue blacktop.|
So the weather cooperated for sure. It was in the lower 80's by the time I was getting ready and was getting hotter. The humidity was up there at 74%, and the winds were stiff from the Southeast. I decided not to go to the South, and went North first, since that would guarantee I would bake right off the bat. It worked, by the way!
The route would be shorter, since I hadn't done anything big in the way of a ride since Odin's Revenge and the onset of a head cold I contracted right about the same time as that event. I figured I would make a run for the county line going up Burton Avenue and crossing over on the county line to Moline Road and coming back into town. The wind and heat would be tough, maybe, but I need to start doing something to get ready for this upcoming century-and-a-little-bit-more ride I have coming up in less than two weeks. The GTDRI will have boatloads of climbing, and I am sure it will be hot, humid, and tough as nails, just like it always is this time of the year. But hey.......that's one of the reasons it's called a death ride. It sucks the life out of you. Maybe you make it to the end before that happens, maybe you don't.
|Burton Avenue looking North. There's hills up there!|
|Tire shredding gravel. Fresh gravel just dumped out all across the road, about three to four inches deep!|
The Standard Rando was pitching, scrabbling, and ploughing up the gravel but I managed to stay within my limits and not blow up. I was drinking regularly and even took along a bit of nutrition on this short ride because the heat really taxes me. I was hoping to have smooth sailing, but I wasn't going to be surprised if I struggled. I just haven't had a lot of really hot weather riding up until Odin's and now this ride. Plus, I was coming off that cold which meant I'd likely not be on top of my game.
|Still looking up Burton Avenue here. More fresh gravel dead ahead!|
|I stopped in the shade of the old East Janesville Church for a few images.|
|Burton Avenue changes names as it continues on into Bremer County. I wasn't going that way this time though|
|The corn is tassled out already in spots. My bike is actually about a foot above the dirt of the field here. That's some tall corn!|
Turning the corner put the wind at my face and the trip back home was cooler as a result. Plus, the county hadn't gravelled Moline Road yet. Woo Hoo! I felt pretty good and made it home, fairly tuckered out, and ready for something cold to drink. I was real glad that I didn't plan on doing anything longer, I'll tell ya that much! It reached up into the low 90's before I got home, so I got my hot weather training ride, for sure!
It's a good start though, and now I just need to keep that ball a rollin' till the GTDRI.