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Blown On The Bayou: 55 MPH wind ride in Delta
Yesterday my buddy Midland
and I went for a ride that was worthy of Bikesnob's
"palpably epic" label.
55 miles in the Delta looping around several islands in 40 mph winds gusting to 55 mph.
Tailwinds were like being motorized, 24 mph and barely turning cranks was fun!
Unfortunately we had headwinds or cross winds for most of the ride. I don't have to tell you folks that though, for thus is cycling.
I weight 195 so in the crosswinds I tried to ride echelon to protect Midland at 140 lb. as much as I could, but I was even getting blown towards him at times. Yes he is 5'6" and 140, do not climb with this man.
We saw some gorgeous river scenery, took 2 ferry rides, got chased by 2 dogs, were nearly blown over once or twice and all in all had a great adventure. Sometime the Antioch and Sacramento contingents must get together out in the Delta for some more wild times.
Midland developed a new team tactic: Dog Lead Out Man... Taking turns, each rider in the peleton has a slot as Dog Lead Out Man keeping vigilant for farm dog missiles from the side of the road. The designated Dog Lead Out Man sprints like Cavendish to tire out the dog and the other rider(s) hang back so they do not run over the dog when it tires or tempt it to turn on them. Midland was the greatest Dog Lead Out Man I have ever seen. He took on a young black lab and sprinted away from him into a brutal headwind. When that dog cracked he just dropped off the levee into the corn to never be seen again.
I was luckier when I pulled Dog Lead Out duty, I got an older slower dog and a tailwind to help me.
Cue the Dog Lead Out Man
The area we rode in Locke, Isleton, Rio Vista, Molekumne River area
Ferry #1: The J-Mack
Ferry #2: The Real Mcoy
On the ferry - Pete would have liked the scenery
Midland on the ferry
Leaning left into a 45 mph cross wind from the left
Midland and Cornfield
There is even a Delta town called Ryde, which is appropriate.
Last edited by Lanceoldstrong; 08-03-09 at 02:54 PM.