A “Balmy” Metric for Ryan

Ryan H. ticks up metric #2…

“I had a very enjoyable 71 mile ride this past weekend.  Unlike a week ago, the wind was very tame.  It started from the southwest at 9 mph and the temp was in the low thirties.  Balmy!!  Kent, a friend from the riding group I participate in, wanted to tag along to get some fitness.  I decided to load my bike up with everything I’ll need for Actif Epica. I put my extra clothes and supplies in a seat bag and a handle bar bag.  I haven’t ridden with a handle bar bag before, so that was a new experience.  The front end was a little heavier to maneuver.  This was going to be a good test run.

I chose a route similar to the previous weekend to show Kent some of this area.  With the light wind, we had a nice pace going.  We headed east to the little town of Averill, consisting of a grain elevator, church, and a few houses.
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From there, we headed north and eventually west.   With the warmer temps the gravel was soft and gritty.  There were a few sections of the road that had good sized drifts over them.  The snow was hard and crusted enough that we could just ride over them.
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At mile 50, we reached the Harwood C store and refueled.  Kent was going to head back to Fargo from this point and I decided to go west to get a few more miles in.
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There were a lot of minimum maintenance  roads I would like to have taken, but with the warm temps, they looked pretty soft.  I did attempt one on the way back into town and that was a mistake. Even by riding on the grassy part, I still filled up with mud.  I cleaned as much mud as I could off the rear derailleur and made it home.
Luckily, it still was above freezing, so I took some pails of hot water and cleaned the bike and chain.  It was a great day to be out there and I enjoyed Kent’s company.  A great day on the bike!!”

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Jim

Cup O'Dirt Admin

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