I took off today planning on doing a solo trip up GMR and onto the Village, but GRR had other plans for me. After making it up to the Shack in 1h2m and having a short break I heading out to attack ridge. I make it to about the 6 mile marker and as I am passed by another cyclists I realized I was struggling much harder then I expected. Well I look down and see my rear tire has gone semi flat. I pull off to the side and get the wheel off. After inspecting the tire and the tube, I could not find any reason why it would have gone flat. I believe the stem might be leaking slowly. Well I replace the tire get it on and fill it up with my C02, worked great... but hoping to avoid over inflating, I end up slightly under inflating the tire. It felt very sluggish after that, but enough air to feel comfortable riding on.
So after I get done with that I take off still planning on getting to the Village. Well after about the 8mile marker I threw in the towel turned around and headed back, beaten and ashamed. Other then not meeting my Village goal, it was a good ride. Nice cool breeze in some parts and late enough in the day to have some shade in others.
My tracking gps on my phone worked great, I will upload the maps & stats shortly. You can see just how close I was to the village.