Ol' Fuj and I decided to do a good ride today. We rode down Scenic U.S. 71 from Fayetteville, AR to Mountainburg, AR.
I took the camera and got some good photos; however, I'm having problems inserting a normal size photo. They're all huge so that you have to scroll across the page, which I hate. The pics are on photobucket, but I can't seem to get them down to the right size I reduced the size in photobucket to the "message board" size, copied with the img icon, and pasted, but in a trial message, the image was still huge!!!!! SOMEBODY HELP ME!
Anyway, we rode 71 miles on U.S. 71, and according to the routeslip site, we did 2,965' of climbing.
It was a great day, about 85 deg, give or take a little, and negligible wind most of the time.
About 3 or 4 miles down the south side of the mountain, me and Fuj were rolling down hill hell bent for leather, and a genuine beep, beep roadrunner stepped out in the road ahead of us. I'm thinking this aint gonna be pretty. At that speed, I'm holding on for dear life, and sudden corrections in course would result in a broken bike and body parts. I suppose I looked enough like Wiley Coyote that he quickly put his tail down moved his head forward and transformed himself from a well-defined member of the animal kingdom into a blur and disappeared into the bushes.
Fuel and fluids worked out well on this run. Normal carbohydrate cocktail for breakfast (oatmeal, ground flax seed, oat bran, blueberries, walnuts, honey) and a couple mugs of my high viscosity Louisiana coffee. A pint of gatorade and a banana just before I started pedaling. About 12 miles into the ride, I stopped at the rest area and did granola bars plus honey and more gatorade in preparation for the climb up Mt. Gaylor. More granola and gatorade atop the mountain, about 22 miles. Lunch in Mountainburg (about 33 miles) consisted of a Snickers Marathon bar, more granola bars, honey, and you guessed it, more gatorade. Fuj and I rolled up the long side of the mountain with no problems. We started at 760' elevation in Mountainburg, and about 10 miles later, we were back at the top at about 2,040' elevation. No speed records were established on this climb, but we made it without bonking. We stopped back at the rest area and refueled before rolling back to Fayetteville.
Great day. I just wish I could post the pics.