Well, as many of you know, I am taking a road trip up to the Great Cold North....USAZorro graciously offered to host a ride for me this afternoon, but unfortunately, due to the coldness, there were only 3 brave souls to partake of the ride...myself, 'zorro, and stupidlybrave (sb). It was very nice to meet 2 more Foosters! These guys are sooo nice! I was telling UA about the ride and meeting them....Foosters are great people!! I'm really glad that both of them could take time away from work to ride with me today!!
I left Clayton this morning around 6am and didn't have any troubles getting up here...a bit of traffic congestion around Washington, but no real big deal. Arrived here at the hotel around 12:10pm. Checked in and gave 'zorro a call to let him know I was here and ready to ride. He and SB showed up around 1pm, did the meet & greet thing and then set off.
It was overcast and fairly windy here when we started and one of those temperature signs we passed listed the temp as 45F. I don't know if that was right or not....I wasn't too bad cold on the ride despite the temps and brisk wind. At least not for the first 1.5-1.75hr. It had to be colder than that...we had snow flurries several times throughout the ride.
The route 'zorro took us on was very nice! Some flat terrain, but I think the majority of the ride was rolling with a few good hills to climb. Even though it's cold and the leaves are gone from the trees, I think it's really pretty up here...it's a very nice change of scenery from NC.
Despite my lack of a lot of sleep last night and a 6hr drive, I felt pretty dang good on the ride. I managed to climb all the hills either out of the saddle or a combo of seated & out. And, on the last 3 climbs of the ride, SB passed me and commented..."you're still in the big ring!" Uh yea, don't remind me...those last climbs were tough - I think I saw anywhere from 12-16% range on them. But, I got over them.
I tell ya, I was ready for the ride to be over towards the end....after I started getting cold - my feet were frozen and I was hungry! I didn't bring anything but water either. Then, I see 'zorro rummaging around in his bag and pulling out a flask. No, not that kind, but I probably woulda took a swig if it had been to warm me up!! It was a flask of gel....by this time, I was hungry too. 3 apples and a chic-fil-a chicken burrito thingy for breakfast was long gone. I had brief thoughts of knocking him off his bike and taking the gel from him!! But, I didn't.
We finished up sometime a little after 3:30pm, talked a bit and then I left them to go get thawed out. OMG. I'm serious, my toes were freakin' purple! Tingling and hurting while in the shower. I finally just filled the tub with a little water, enough to cover my feet and swished around in that....eventually, they started feeling better. Feel ok now. Oh yea, the foobies. I think I might need to take a friend's suggestion and add some of those chemical warmers to the chest area.
So, that's all I can remember right now. I did get out after a warming shower for a big bowl of angel hair pasta with tomatoes, black olives, shrimp. And a salad & bread. I'm pretty tired right now...hope it's gonna be an early night, but if it follows all my other ones, it might not be. At least I get to sleep late tomorrow.
I also brought along the Garmin 305....stupid thing won't download right now, but we had 2400+/- of climbing over 33.6mi....
Here are the pics....I'll comment on the ones I have any idea about, but I can't say where any of them are, cause I was totally lost. I'm sure I've left something out, but 'zorro & sb can comment and fill in any gaps....
I'll post a similar thread about the T-day ride with pcad, but it may take longer to post, as I'll be at nyguy's place then and won't be too interested in much else but him.
'zorro & sb before the ride:
'zorro & sb again: