Between the rain
I was almost convinced Saturday was going to be a complete washout, but we finally got a break in the rain around 2:00. By 2:30, I had stood all I could and started kitting up for a ride.
Knowing that things were still pretty messy out there, I opted for the Surly instead of the road bike, and that proved to be a very good decision. It was very mucky…and I needed those fenders just about the entire afternoon.
As I headed down the hill toward the river, I thought to myself, “You’re probably going to have to turn right around and climb this hill.” I was right. The river was up over the road and I had no choice but to come back up the hill and take the longer way around to Kinser Bridge. I saw a car come through it, so I knew how deep it was. It wasn’t something I wanted to tackle, and I know from past experience that the river leaves a nice slick muddy deposit on the roadway that I guessed would be treacherous at best. Oh well…up the hill I went.
The good news is that all this rain we’ve had has really gotten the fields nice and green. It’s a pretty time of year to be out on a bike!
I had about two hours, so I knew I could get about 35 miles in. That means a loop from home out past Mentor, then toward Rogersville via Elm Grove and back through Turners. I figured for that distance, I could stand to work pretty hard, so I spent most of the time in the drops trying to make that bike go fast. With it’s rack, fenders, and handlebar bag, it’s not the most aerodynamic machine out there most of the time, but as far as I could tell, it seemed to be the only bike on the road all afternoon!
I didn’t make any stops, because I was kind of concerned it might get wet again. I felt some light drizzle a couple of times, but made it home dry. The actual rain held off until I was cooking dinner on the grill!
I was really glad I went ahead and got out. Even though a rest day wouldn’t have hurt and would have probably been good for me, it was good to get the heart pumping and the endorphins flowing.
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