You know it’s been an epic ride when it takes 30 minutes to clean your bike afterwards. Eating a medium mushroom and sausage thin crust pizza afterward is further testimony.
We headed out of town after a spinach quiche breakfast served in the local hospital parking lot. The rain held off until rest stop number one, and began in earnest as we strarted our climb out of the valley. I was well equipped for the conditions, but my concern was for all those without rain jackets. Several riders got borderline hypothermic, and needed to leave the road. For me it was challenging to stay warm…seems I’m missing the body fat that used to keep me better insulated…but I managed.
Rides like this evoke a strong response – almost primal. Driving rain, 25 mph winds and falling temperature made us feel rather small – certainly not in control of the conditions. They dictated our agenda today, and we traveled on their terms.
It was with great relief that I finished just before noon.