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Laid back weekend

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I didn’t do a lot of riding over the weekend. I intended to, but with a heat index of 100+ degrees both days, and some strong storms, I only managed to get out for a 19-mile gravel ride in Hoosier National Forest with my buddy Dave. Fortunately it didn’t storm while we were out riding, we only had to deal with the heat and extreme humidity, and an unusually high number of dogs. We also saw several box turtles and some turkeys. I don’t think we saw a single car on any of the gravel roads.

We did a loop I’ve done a couple of times before. I have done this route in snow, rain … and now heat, too. “What’s next?” Dave asked, and I don’t know, but I’m sure some other condition will come along and I can ride there in it, too.

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Sunday wasn’t devoid of bike activity either, I washed the Trucker and did some work on the Bianchi. I ordered some Nitto Noodle handlebars for it, just like the ones I have on the Trucker, and installed them. I did a few test rides around the neighborhood. The Noodles are a big improvement over the old bars.

It was so hot that I was dripping with sweat, just from working on the bike and riding around the neighborhood. I was thinking of a road ride later in the day, but some insane storms rolled in. I’ll ride in most weather conditions, but lightning is one thing that will prevent me from riding.

Working on bikes isn’t a lot of fun for me, but it needed to be done. Hopefully now I’m in good shape for some more long rides. I’m anxious to crank up the mileage again. I’m contemplating RAIN (Ride Across INdiana) on July 17. You ride from Terre Haute, IN to Richmond, IN, in one day — 160 miles. I might need to ride another century between now and then, for training purposes.

6 Responses to “Laid back weekend”

  1. Jon Grinder Says:

    RAIN sounds like fun. Wish I had enough time off to go do it.

  2. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    I can sympathize with you about the heat and humidity, at least your gravel road looks to be well shaded. I’m itching to get out on some dirt roads myself.

    160 miles in one day, that’s rough!

  3. David Crowell Says:

    I don’t think I’ll be doing RAIN, that’s just too far in one day for my turtle-pace.

    Your weekend ride looks like fun. I did actually get out on Saturday for a 25-mile club ride. I took my ‘bent for a change of pace. I’m hoping for 800 miles in June.

  4. Sarah Says:

    You should totally do it, handsome.

    Love,
    Your SAG-y wife

  5. Steve A Says:

    Wise man to avoid lightning!

  6. John Says:

    That RAIN ride is something you should do. It’s a good event for your riding resume and it will make a good post. After a couple of days recovery me thinks. Actually I bet you will find it tough but not painfully so. You have been riding long enough.

    I like to read about others doing monster rides, but I can’t see myself ever doing one.

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