Yesterday afternoon I met up with Dale and Jim Jones (not my brother) for a 3hr ride. We threw out a couple route choices and it was decided to head south of Pleasant Hope (I did remind them of the 25+mph south winds) over east toward Walnut Grove then hop the tailwind back home via Morrisville. The first three miles or so were straight into the wind I it really sucked as I intended for this an easy spin ride, but that was not going to happen as it took decent effort just to move forward. Going east across Hwy Y wasn't bad, but the south drop to/thru Pleasant Hope was brutal; it's pretty hilly and throw in the headwind and it was plain mean. When we reached our furthest south and turned west on CC/BB it was a big relief to be done with the breeze. BB over to Z is a fun and challenging road and by the time we reached Z Dale and Jim headed back to Bolivar while I wanted to grab some extra miles so I kept it going west. Turned north (sweet tailwind) up JJ, back over to Morrisville and tailwind city back home to Bolivar. 56.5 miles just a tad over 3hrs and 4085ft of climbing - nice.
***Picture to the right shows Dale's 'Flanders' jersey in honor of this weekend's race. Not sure what happened to my camera to take such a weird lower shot, but I promise Jim's wheel is not that much out of true.***
Taking today as a rest so at lunch Ira and I cut the floor tire for the bathroom remodel. The afternoon is supposed to hit near 80* so I figure most of it will be with Ian and Deb in the backyard playing baseball (from now on all 'b-ball' references are to baseball and not basketball - season shift), doing some yard work, and mortor'ing tile.
Looks like Friday might be a mtb trip into Arkansas...