|Many of the roads were in fast shape.
With a steady wind out of the Northwest, maybe about 15-18mph, I decided to go North first. I went the traditional way up Moline Road first and then hopping over a mile East on Airline Highway, I then headed back Northwards on Sage Road.
The goal for the day was two hours. I had a steady cadence going as I tried to keep things "spinny" going into the wind. It is a mostly uphill slog too, at least until you pass C-57, and then it flattens out more until you get to the County line where it gets positively flat. Then the plan was to head West over to Burton Avenue to check on the two rural churches out there, then back across East at some point to get back to Sage and Southwards to the starting point again.
With the temperatures in the mid-40's and that wind, it was going to be chilly. So I busted out the wool that has been stored away since last Spring and used a wool base layer, an old Salsa Cycles wool jersey, and the Riding Gravel vest over that. I wore 3/4's length Endura pants with a liner short, and wool socks from a company called Feeture. The Shimano RX8 shoes were used with shopping bag vapor barriers. My gloves were full finger jobs from Cuero, and on my noggin I used a "buff" synthetic sock and my aero helmet. Ready? Ready!
|Skies looked ominous but there was zero rain in the forecast.
|One of the rare times the Sun shone on me. Lots of corn still out here too!
|Methodist church on Sage Road
|I surprised this dog I found trotting North on Sage Road.
|Farm equipment was being marshaled for the assault upon the ripened fields all across the area.
|A harvester in a bean field on the Black Hawk/Bremer County line.
|East Janesville Church.
|St. Paul's Lutheran Church
I was measuring my efforts after turning out of the wind, trying not to take too much advantage of that, and eventually the tailwind as I went South. I wanted to check up on my speed to make sure I didn't go too hard and to make sure I got two hours of riding in.
|The light caught just right in the high tension line's insulators making them look like they were lit up.
|I had to dismount for this enormous harvester. It took up the entire roadway!
|And of course- Barns For Jason!
I have an hour and a half yet on this drive train for the "Lube-Off", then it will be on to the "control bike", the DuMonde Tech lubricated one, and the conclusion of this test will then be arrived at. I better get to gettin'! The riding days are surely numbered now with November on the door step.