I knew when I rolled out of bed at 5:00 am this morning and tuned into the Weather Channel that this wasn't going to be the best conditions for a 50 mile ride. They were predicting a high in the low 60's with 15-25 mph winds. I'm also riding with a brace on the right hand for carpal tunnel problems and a banged up left knee I whacked on the trailer hitch Friday morning. After arriving at the starting site we decided to do the 25 mile route. We weren't the only ones making changes due to the winds so I didn't feel too bad.
What they didn't tell us was the shorter route was really 30 miles and the hilliest I don't mind the rollers but there were several hills on this route that I had to climb in stages. The first picture below was taken on a level area about 2/3 the way up one of the hills. The second picture is where we just rode up. It's hard to see the hill because it drops off just around the curve. On most downhills I had to ride the brakes to keep the speed under 25 mph. At least the wind wasn't too bad down in the valley areas but it was horrible on the flats. I really don't know how they could lay out a route that was constantly heading into the wind
Afterward we met some friends who had run the Flying Pig marathon for lunch and a few drinks. That was the best time of the day! I'm really looking forward to a nice level ride on the river trail tomorrow night.