:: Friday, August 06, 2004 ::
St. Mary's 'n back
Got up late. Well, hit the snooze and then realized I had little time to meet K. I got the IM to her to delay and we met around 945.
I won't bore you with the details. That's what I have Maps at my desk for. But there was a touch of rain that we pulled over for with some fir trees to protect us. And it was very, very windy when we were on any road travelling North towards St. Mary's. As in this is not very fun. We stopped now and then to get the constant rush of wind out of our ears. 45km there. We took the route on the London Centennial Wheelers web site (look at Touring Schedule and then for the St. Mary's link). Side roads. Much nicer than traffic. I have to say that when I get a road bike I will likely join LCW or comparable club. I can get into doing some long rides when someone else plans it. I can just do a simple recce before hand.
We stopped in St. Mary's - Tim Horton's is of course at the top of a hill... and had some fuel. Then after about 15 mins, west out of town and eventually back down into London via Adelaide. Adelaide North of Fanshawe is great. Especially when you are up a few consessions. Wind was fantastic as it was at our back and the roads were a bit better with little traffic. We went for a long period doing around 30kph or so. We cut the ride short since we started too late (likely 25 or more km shorter), but we hit 90km when at Dufferin and William. I continued on as I wanted to do the 100km I set out to do. So I then headed over to Harris Park and did the bike path to Storybook and back at a solid crank. 109km in all. Suffice it to say I am a little sore. This was a hard ride.
Oh, and the bar ends were so very effective. Should have got them a long time ago. Best cheap addition for any MTB rider.
:: Mike Wood 18:30 [+] ::