I took a departure from my normal Sunday routine and took a partial ride with Mike yesterday.
Have you ever taken a partial ride? Well, it was supposed to be a ride, but I screwed up! We planned to get together for an afternoon ride, but I was kind of limited on time. I thought I had it figured out, but knew I would be pushing the time I needed to be back.
Unfortunately……we got started a little later than planned and I hadn’t counted on Mike riding to my house.
We crossed the river and headed south toward Mentor with the wind at our back. Just past Mentor, we rode up on two turkeys in the ditch at the side of the road. One made a quick exit, but the other one ended up running alongside us at 15 mph for quite a while before it found a gap in the fence row. Gave us a good laugh!
Look at the picture above. Notice anything? I’ll give you a hint. The grass is green instead of brown! We were amazed at how quickly things greened up out there after our rain Friday and Saturday.
We circled around Elm Grove and started back toward Rogersville. At that point, we were riding into the wind, and the extra miles began to catch up with Mike. I had been watching the clock pretty closely because of our late start and realized I barely had enough time to get home. Unfortunately, Mike needed to go on into Rogersville for a break, and rightly so. We didn’t get started that late, but I had cut my time too close for the route we took. Dang….
Mike told me to just go ahead, and I pealed off for home. Unfortunately, the headwind was against me the entire way, so I had to work pretty hard to get back in the allotted timeframe.
Aside from feeling bad because I had to bail, I did really enjoy riding the Madone again. It’s been neglected for the past couple of months. I was reminded how radically different it is to ride it as opposed to the Surly.
You can click the map above for the full GPS track. I ended up with nearly 30 miles. It should have been about 24 in the time I planned.
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