I took advantage of my last day as a bachelor and headed out for a long ride. I am loving the Foundry Ratchet and I'm sure my mtn bike is jealous but her time will come. The temps were forcasted to be 80 plus with a good chance of rain or thunderstorms. Packing my jacket, arm warmers, Honey Stinger foods and cell phone (not sure who I would call if I needed help), and a few other items, I rolled out around 8:30. I had gotten wind of some old dudes doing the same loop that I had planned and was hoping to catch them and roll through the stretch from Old Fort to Marion together.
It was a hot and steamy ride already, and sweat was pouring off of my body. I kept a steady rythym and considered a stop at Dynamite Roasting, but chose not to. Through Black Mountain, past Ridgecrest and finally into the woods. The Point Lookout trail is a great trail but it is sketchy going fast as it gets pretty slippery. I would find out later that two of the guys had gone down, sliding out on a slick spot. Parts of the trail don't see the sun during the summer and get a build up of slipperyness.
I climbed then climbed some more. For once my mind more focused on spinning circles than on struggling with life issues, it was a good change. I am at one of those places in life where it seems things are stable, its a good feeling.
And then it was over. 2 small climbs left, through the woods and down the hill. I was beat but happy. 88 miles, 6.5 hrs, it was a good day.