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Another fun Shilo ride

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Last night I rode the Shilo Road route that is always so much fun. I set out a little unsure whether there’d be flooding on Shilo or Anderson, but there wasn’t.

There was something about the light during this ride that was truly wonderful. Warm and golden, rays of light increasingly radiated from behind hills and trees, drops working their way through the canopy and splashing on the pavement below. And it was windy, and cooler outside than it has been for a while (in the 70s), so the sunlight felt good, rather than overheating me. This was one of those rides where everything just looks better, and feels better.

The wind was just strong enough to give me a boost when at my back, but not strong enough that riding into it was a struggle. I rode out 45 to Mount Gilead and enjoyed a swift descent into the valley. The road surface here just keeps getting rougher, and there is still some sand at the bottom of the hill, forcing me to keep my speed in check.

Barn on Mount Gilead

Rough road

I climbed out of the valley. I felt strong, and climbed in a higher gear than usual. I spun up the hill with relative ease, compared to how much I sometimes struggle with it. I am finally starting to feel like I’m getting back in shape after really losing a lot of ground this winter.

Part of the climb

I saw some weird shadows at the top and rode by some more farms, where the corn is really taking off (finally).

Cool shadows

Corn. We have lots and lots of this.

After riding Mount Gilead, I headed over and took Tunnel Road down to Shilo. Shilo always has an extremely rough surface, but it’s just getting worse. Somehow, for me, this makes it more fun. It’s great fun darting downhill and around a sharp turn, dodging potholes and other anomalies in the process. It requires more thought and more finesse than most roads.

Shilo Road
My ride on Shilo was intense, but uneventful. Even the dog that usually chases me was nowhere to be seen. There was no flooding on any of the roads I rode on, it seems to have largely subsided. Sometimes it’s hard to predict how long some of these areas will remain flooded, and I often forget that the water seeps away and evaporates much more quickly in the summer. Some fields remained flooded.

The always-scenic landfill

Anderson Road

Windblown grass and flooded fields

The climb up old 37 is always a long one, but once again I felt strong and kept my speed a bit higher than usual. It felt great.

Old 37

The light just got better as I rode on, taking Bethel Lane back over to 45.

Field, sun, trees, clouds

Long grass

This was a great summery ride, without being too hot. I am loving these long days. Being able to easily fit in a 26-mile ride after work and still having plenty of light is fantastic. I really could have ridden further, but we had other things to do, and I was hungry. I think I could probably fit in 35 miles before dark … maybe one of these days, I’ll try to find out.

4 Responses to “Another fun Shilo ride”

  1. furiousball Says:

    your perspectives in all of these shots are really special, did you purposefully try to work on that or was it just an unconscious good happening

  2. Pedalman Says:

    I’m with furiousball, this series of shots are really well done. I feel connected to the places through your photos and words.

  3. John Says:

    Those farmers should get a good price for the corn.

    Maybe not. But we will be paying a premium.

  4. Dan Says:

    I love how rich the greens are this time of year. Great photos.

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