One Ride, Two Bikes
Saturday in the Ozarks was one of those beautiful days that you just have to keep asking yourself is real or just some imaginary state you hope you’re in. For late July, it was absolutely phenomenal. I counted it perfect weather for a bike ride!
Chad and I left my house before 6:30 am to unseasonably cool temperatures and cloudy skies. We had rain the prior day and I thought the clouds were supposed to persist, but within just a few minutes the sun was starting to break out and the dreariness of the prior day was gone.
We rode out past Strafford, looped through what I call “the big valley” and came back up Sparklebrook Road. As we did, I was struck by the beauty of the morning sunlight shining across the fields and woods.
In my mind there is nothing that compares to the beauty of an awakening earth in the morning. Some may want to sleep in, and I’ll be honest that it is kind of fun to do once in a great while, but I’m telling you, this is what makes life worth living! We saw several deer and turkey, and one pretty good sized doe really took an interest to us, twisting her head nearly completely around a tree to watch our progress.
We made a quick pit stop in Strafford, but I never made it into the restroom. The first time I headed there, I was cut off by a somewhat portly gentleman who was definitely striding toward the men’s room with a purpose. When the air had cleared from that I almost headed there again and two young men came running in. Forget it! I’m a big boy and it’s only 45 minutes to home!
We headed that way in a somewhat roundabout way. I had told Pam we would be back for her at 8:15, and we came pretty close to making that time. She was ready for us, so I jumped off my road bike and onto the tandem for a second lap after nearly 35 miles.
It had been a couple of weeks since we had ridden together, so the first few hills seemed really slow. That’s the nature of that bike, but it more than makes up for it on the downhills. It’s kind of like straddling a rocket and lighting the fuse!
We knocked out the final 21 miles of the day pretty quickly. That lap went out over Kinser Bridge, past Logan-Rogersville High School and back down the backside of Turners.
Chad had ridden over (yeah, he’s getting a bit like Mike), so he headed for home, but not after beginning to debate whether to extend his day and do a century. We found out later that he did it! That would be two Saturdays in a row if you’re keeping count, and he did this one in nearly the exact same time as ours last week.
When I uploaded the Garmin track for the day, I was kind of surprised but very pleased to see the 16.4 average speed on that second split. I figure that anytime we break 16 mph on that bike over our hilly roads around here we’ve done well!
You can click the map above to see the GPS track for the day!
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