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Spring road ride

Monday, April 11th, 2011

I was invited to do a 60ish mile mixed-terrain ride with RCCS on Sunday. It was tempting, but that ride would have taken up basically the whole day. I decided to skip it. I did get out for about two hours on my road bike. It felt great to get out for something other than a commute.

Since I had limited time, I wanted to make the most of it, so I did what seems to have become my favorite short route, when I’m feeling spicy. A ride west of town, out to the small town of Stanford, Indiana.

I’ve written about this route a few times before, but I’ve never ridden it in spring. Things are turning green, and trees and flowers are blooming everywhere. It was a delightful ride.

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As you can see below, the wind was blowing quite hard. I had a headwind on the ride out.

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It was also a very hilly ride. This is probably the hardest short route I’ve found, around here. Somewhere around 1900 feet of climbing, in 23 miles. So, it’s difficult — but also a whole lot of fun. My fitness has suffered somewhat with less riding lately — a couple of steep climbs were even harder than usual — but I did make it up them.

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As always, the Bianchi was a pleasure to ride.

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The sign on this barn changes frequently. Here, it reads, “Christ’s return is imminent. Don’t miss it for the world.” Hmm …

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As you can see, it was a lovely ride. I’m bummed that I missed the RCCS ride, but I certainly made the most of the time I had available, with this ride. And I had time to do other things yesterday as well. I think I struck a good balance.

 

6 Responses to “Spring road ride”

  1. David Crowell Says:

    I’m glad you got to ride. It was nice to have a warm day on the bike.

    I managed to get minor sunburn.

  2. Chandra Says:

    Michael,
    Glad you had a nice time! I will probably need an elevator to climb that much in 23 miles LOL!
    BTW, Nice beard!
    Peace 🙂

  3. Wil Says:

    Nice ride. We had a dirt road ride with great weather yesterday. ~3100ft of climbing in 28 miles. Come on over, I will show you all about it! Glad to see you riding among all your busy work. Keep it up.

  4. Bill Lambert Says:

    Yes, you did well to get out. Your bike can often double as a therapist, especially during busy times. As always, you took more beautiful photos. Nice to see the redbuds blooming again.

    Good luck with your school work. Finals in another month or so.

  5. John Says:

    Finally the weather has gotten respectable for riding. I have said before, rural Indiana looks a lot like rural Southeastern Massachusetts.

    I also have to say that the helmets don’t do a lot for our stylish looks do they.

    I looked at your Flicker account and some of the riding photos you didn’t include in your post are very intriguing. I like them.

  6. Apertome Says:

    John — yeah, there were just too many photos to fit all of them in the blog post. This is typically the way I do it. I’m glad you enjoyed the shots.

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