|This is not a Level B Maintenance road- It's Airline Highway, which is usually gravel.|
Ruts were everywhere. The roads looked really torn up. It was a handful at times just trying to find the good line. In some places I actually had to slow down and weave my way through the messed up road way. I kept looking at the darkening skies, thinking that a cold, East driven rain could break out at any point.
The above two paragraphs don't sound like anything I should be writing in mid-June, do they? No, they sound more like a Trans Iowa race report, or some blogpost I put up in March. But no- that's actually what it was like Wednesday, June 19th, 2019. It was weird, what with the crops all emerging and things looking like Summer in the fields, but the roads said, "It's still Spring!".
Of course, the rains we have had of late have kept the roads saturated, the late Spring/early Summer planting has conspired along with that to keep roads torn up, and lack of heat and humidity here have kept things loose and sand-like. Now the dirt is working its way through the old limestone and many roads look like minimum maintenance roads, not at all like a gravel road should look like.
|These pretty ditch flowers at least made it look like Summer.|
|The corn is barely canopying here. Most fields are not canopied yet. Growth is way behind normal.|
|Barns for Jason|
|Long stretches of torn up, slightly wet, muddy dirt roads were the replacement for the typical gravel in many spots.|
|Coming back I thought it looked a lot like I might get wet. I didn't.|
|Schenk Road is a good one for barns and smaller farms.|
|Barns for Jason- Part 2|
Anyway, it was a great ride leading up to the Solstice 100 Saturday. I'm looking forward to hooking up with MG and getting some Nebraska gravel under my wheels again.