I'll be turning 40 this July and I've decided that my present to myself is a solo ride across Ohio... roughly 240 miles. I'm not going for a UMCA record, but figured I'd use their east-west (or vice versa) locations and see what I can do.
Two years ago I did RAIN and last year a solo double century - (4) 50 mile loops in each quadrant of my home county... so this is a natural progression. This year I've also signed on for RAINSTORM the weeklong tour of Indiana that ends with RAIN.
I'm planning on early August, about two or three weeks after RAIN, w/ my wife sagging for me. No route finalized but suffice to say I'll be making it as short and flat as possible.
My question: Do I increase my chances of favorable winds by going West to East? Or do I get the hillier terrain over with early by going East to West and finishing flat? Eastern Ohio isn't all that hilly, but I figure 3/4 of the way into the ride, even the smallest hills will seem like mountains.