I wanted to ride on Sunday, but didn’t have the time or energy for anything too epic. So, I rode a route I have ridden a couple of times now, west of town. I ended up with 23+ very hilly miles. Looking back at my previous posts about this route (one | two) it’s kind of shocking how different the scenery looked, with bare trees and snow on the ground, rather than greenery and wildflowers.
Just to keep things interesting, I did change the route slightly. I headed out That Road and rode up to Leonard Springs Road.
I just love this intersection. I had ridden on West Leonard Springs Road before, but never on South Leonard Springs Road. So, this was my new road for the day.
I had driven on this road a couple of times before, but only to go to Leonard Springs Park, which is just about a block down the road.
Once I passed the park, the road went down a hill with some twists and turns.
This was an interesting ride because probably 90% of the pavement was clear. However, the remainder was a nasty mix of snow, slush, and ice. I really needed the studded tires, at times.
Below, you can see May Road making its way over some large rolling hills. I would turn on this road next. Those hills were tough!
But, there was a nice payoff in the form of a wild downhill on Harmony Road.
Then flat riding for a while. I was headed into the wind, which was rather strong.
This cow seemed to think I was a little crazy. The specks on the hill below are his cohorts.
I crossed Indian Creek.
The sky was wild. Mostly cloudy, but patchy enough for bits of bright light to shine through, and even the occasional clear spot showing bits of blue sky.
Another climb …
… took me to some very nice views.
Then, more flats …
… and more hills.
The road surface got sketchy again. It was cooling off so there was more ice than before. And since the road was hilly, I needed all the traction I could get.
I approached a barn that I always enjoy seeing.
I had good intentions for the shot below. The Christmas lights on my bike were turned on, but they don’t show up well in the photo. Oh well.
Just a little more riding, and I was home.
This was a great ride, and again, one that really required the studded tires, even though they weren’t needed most of the time.