|Corn stalks round baled sitting alongside empty corn fields.|
The temperature was in the upper 30's or so with a nice Northwest breeze. That probably made things feel like the upper 20's. So what did I do after I got to my launching off point? I realized I had forgotten my gloves. Doh! Good thing my Bontrager jacket was made with a sleeve length that was right for a spider monkey, because I was able to pull the sleeves over my hands- mostly- and I started riding. I knew once I got going that my hands would warm up. I knew this because I had raced Triple D in January in similar temperatures, maybe even colder, and was able to ride for miles with no gloves. So, I figured I would take the chance to try it out. I could always cut things short. But thankfully, things turned out just as I had predicted and I rode for 2 1/4 hours.
There was a variety of road surfaces ranging from pavement-like, blazing fast to rough, mile long slogs in deep, fresh white rock. I headed east this time, a bit further than I have gone in a long while. Actually I went a couple miles East of Dunkerton, so far Eastern reaches of Black Hawk County on that day. This meant that besides seeing a lot of farmers hard at work I also got to see more new-to-me barns. And you know what that means!
More "Barns For Jason", that's what that means!
|Barns For Jason #1.|
|An older Farmall and a Brent wagon await a fresh load of corn.|
|Coming at ya! A combine dumps freshly harvested corn into a wagon pulled by a tractor.|
|Wouldn't THIS old Chevy make a great vacation hot rood or a vehicle for a bike shop? It would take a LOT of $$$'s though!|
|I passed a County maintainer on the way out.|
|Barns For Jason #2|
|A harvester lost in a sea of corn.|
|Barns For Jason #3|
|St. Francis Catholic Church on East Airline Highway.|
|Most soybean harvesting is over, but here we see a harvester taking out a field on Ordway Road in Black Hawk County.|
|Wagons at the ready.|
|Barns For Jason #4|
|And one more- Barns For Jason #5|
|A strange mix of crows and some other smaller birds here.|