Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Louisiana
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Our informal weekend bike group rode in the Dam Jam today in Pryor, OK. Some of us had planned to do the century, and others had planned to do the 70- and 50-mile routes. Due to the distinct possibility of severe weather later in the day, the organizers scrubbed the 70-mile and 100-mile rides. We finished the day with 58 miles. It was raining during most of those 58 miles, but fortunately, there was no lightning, thunder, or tornado sirens, and the winds were nil to light.
The organizers of the Dam Jam did a really nice job. SAG, rest stops, and road markings were first rate! A local Ham Radio club provided communication along the route. They did a great job as well. I am a Ham Radio op myself, and I always enjoyed being able to put my hobby to work to help other people.
Given the crappy weather. several of our group didn't come, and some opted for a 30-mile route. Five of us rode the 58-mile route. Interestingly enough, the group of five had six flats! Two people had two apiece, and two others one each. Me and Ol Fuj cheated death, no flats. Someone along the route mentioned that flats are more prevalent in the rain. I've never heard of that before. Today's evidence would support that. Has anyone else ever heard this about more flats in rain?
There were some nice views of the lakes in the area, a few rolling hills, and one bugger of a hill which required the use of my new 28-tooth granny gear. Glad I had it. Also, I swapped out the 11-tooth high gear on the new 11-28 cassette with the 12-tooth form the old 12-24, and that worked well too.
I'll be looking forward to Dam Jam next year, hopefully with better weather conditions. Kudos to the organizers, sponsors, and volunteers who made it happen. They did a great job.