What? Another 3 hour ride, outside, without freezing?
I rolled into Fletcher Park at 10 am for a 3-4 hour ride. I was feeling confident until Will Black, Matt Dinsmore, some others, Chris Larsen? Matt? Eric? and of course Robert Watkins showed up. 8 people total.
We rolled out and set a moderate pace. A flat course with some rolling hills was chosen, and after about 30 minutes, I didn't know exactly where I was. It is so much easier knowing the terrain and what is coming up.
It was a fairly uninteresting ride, pulling and dropping back to recover. It was great to meet some new people and to catch up with I know.
We wound around for a while, through some really pretty country side, enjoying the views and keeping a steady pace. After a while I realized that we were almost out at Dupont State Forest. I know then that I better hang on, because it would be a very long ride back to the truck, alone.
I was able to hang on, and actually felt pretty good. I stayed hydrated, and fed, and while it was painful, I felt better than I have in previous years.
3 hours and 55 miles later we rolled back into the parking lot.
60 degrees and sunny, great way to finish January!!