|NBD for N.Y. Roll Saturday. Headed out via bike paths.|
Except that I had forgotten to figure in the wind factor. And yes.....there was wind!
I also had forgotten that I had Mrs. Guitar Ted switch the alarm clock program to ring only Monday through Friday, not on the weekends, so we could sleep in Saturdays. So, that mistake cost me a bit in leisure time in the morning. I had told N.Y. Roll I would meet him at 7:00am. Well, I awoke at 6:35am! Good thing I took the time to lay everything out the night before. I arrived at N.Y. Roll's home only two minutes late. I saw his new bike propped up outside, so I knew he hadn't left yet. After a quick hello to his dog, Ella, we were off on our way.
N.Y. Roll actually had accounted for the wind, so he suggested we head out on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail which is partially lined with trees. The idea being that we would be sheltered from the Southwestern wind. Unfortunately, this meant riding on top of the unprotected dike along the Cedar River's Eastern side to get there. A distance of maybe four miles including the trek through Evansdale, a small village just outside of Waterloo.
|Cedar Valley Nature Trail >>> Great American Rail-Trail.|
|This was better than being out in the open going South, but not by much!|
|N.Y. Roll's new steed- A Santa Cruz Stigmata. Here parked outside of Rocket's Bakery in LaPorte City.|
|N.Y. Roll thought the gravel section was a race. On our way home again here on Cotter Road.|
|Barns For Jason. This is on Miller Creek Road.|
There was a LOT of fresh gravel out already, and every road was super dry. I don't think the frost is out yet, but with the weather we are having, it won't be long and it will be. Then "normal" conditions will ensue, as long as we don't get a bunch of rain, or another cold snap. This is 100% opposite of what we had going on last year, that's for sure! I'm also 100% more happy about it. So what if it was heinously windy!
|N.Y. Roll with his version of "The Look".|
|It was an outstanding day to be out as this was really Spring-like.|
|A disembodied hand trying to steal my bike at SingleSpeed Brewing. (Actually it is N.Y. Roll)|
More wind on tap for the days ahead, of course. It is March, after all. What should we expect? But at least the weather is nicer and we maybe can look forward to many days of Springtime riding fun unlike last year.