|Fireworks in the ditch. The lilies haven't been this nice in years.|
I went out for my traditional 4th of July ride yesterday and it was a traditionally hot a humid day, just like most 4th of July days of yore. There was a spot of rain early, but the skies cleared up and it turned out to be a glorious ride in the country Southwest of Waterloo.
I was going through some stuff earlier this week when I found a scrap of paper with some hastily written cues on it. I studied them for a bit and realized that it was part of last year's proposed Geezer Ride that never happened. I figured I'd give that a go and see where it took me. The cues didn't pick up until well South of town, so that is where I headed to start out with.
The day was, as I stated, hot, but still 10 degrees cooler than it was last weekend. The winds were light and out of the South, so I would get the tailwind push back home. That was also good. The roads were better than they have been, but I ran into weird soft spots, deep gravel all over, and parts of roads still torn up from recent wet weather. It was tough sledding out there and little to no easy parts at all.
|There is a large glacial erratic in the field there. Pretty common feature in Iowa. Some of these get painted up as "Freedom Rocks" now days.|
|While this section of road may look innocuous to the naked eye, it was terrible to ride on. Lots of deep, loose soil and rock.|
|The recent hot, humid weather kicked corn growth into high gear. While it didn't look like it would get knee high a week ago, it blew right past that mark in the last few days.|
|Barns For Jason|
|A couple miles from Buckingham on 110th here.|
|A gravel road runs away over undulating contours of the land filled with green.|
|110th West of Highway 63 is Level B Maintenance for three straight miles. I rode a mile of it.|
|Barns for Jason. Matchy-match with the Morton outbuilding here. Nice!|
|Barns for Jason. And a bonus cool silo!|
|This flag flies constantly on a place a mile East of Hudson.|
I have a lot of work left to do to be able to even ride my own GTDRI coming at the end of the month. Hopefully I can make these rides more consistently.