|Appearances Can Be Deceiving File #238: Looks nice- Reality = Miserable.|
Or maybe it was all of those things together which conspired to make going North on Monday a real chore. Whatever it was, all I know is that I was slogging out a slow, methodical cadence and realizing the blazing speed of 8+ mph. Simply eye-watering. The wind that is, not the speed I was going.......
I had a little extra time to put on the Black Mountain Cycles MCD for good measure to get the "Lube-Off" test completed. (Results and Commentary tomorrow) I was hoping that the wind would have dried up the gravel by the time I went out, but to no avail. It wasn't dry out there. In fact, there was standing water and much of the gravel was mud or saturated with water to the point where the tires made that distinct sound of rubber squeegeeing out the moisture as the wheels pressed into the roadway.
|Some of the last cornfields to be harvested. Note the darkened gravel indicating a saturated road surface.|
|Machines stopped mid-harvest awaiting the fields to become dry again.|
|A big tractor sits alone in the midst of an enormous harvested soybean field. Again- Note the muddied gravel here.|
|Harvested fields expose this wood framed home as being quite isolated.|
The forecast looks pretty bleak, with an Arctic blast aimed at us and high temperatures in the 20's. Any wind with that and you are talking near zero wind chill. Too cold for gravel travel. I may be fat biking most of next week. After that, who knows.........