Activity: Road Bike
Area: Paskenta Century course.
Weather: numbing cold for the first 30 miles, perfection for the last 30. Windy for about 2/3 of the ride, however that works.
Distance: 62.5 miles
Avg spd.: 15.5mph!
How I felt: This ride was awesome. I'm getting numbness in both of my feet, which makes me think it's time to burn these crappy Sidi shoes. At mile 52 or so I bonked pretty nicely. The last ten miles were nice and flat though, lucky for me.
Thing to remember: I met up with a guy named Jeff. I didn't know him in person, but we had exchanged a couple of emails via the Chico Bike Rides Y! group. Jeff is the Principal at Prospect High School in Oroville, Ca, and it turns out that we have quite a bit in common. First off, he's a really cool guy (ha). But he's also a cyclist and a drummer, which if you didn't know, I am as well.
Being a high school principal, he had some hilarious, choice stories to tell. When I first asked him about said stories, he said he didn't think 50 miles (our intended distance) would be long enough to tell me all of his daily "challenges". If I weren't writing this in a public forum I might pass some of his stories along, but I don't want to put his reputation at risk. I'll just say that if you happen to be one of Mr. Ochs' students, you have yourself a very cool Principal. ;-)
The California school system needs more people like Jeff.
Anyway, once again the Chico Velo maps were all wrong in terms of distance, and we rode managed to somehow ride 62 miles on the 50 mile Paskenta Century course - by following the map. Maybe it's time to update your maps, or your mileage counters guys?
The upsides of this fact are that Jeff and I tested our endurance limits, and healthily finished a 62 mile ride. We spent our Sunday morning riding through some of the most beautiful countryside I've ever seen; oak-speckled hillsides, and emerald green fields of new winter grass as far as my eyes could take me. Mt. Lassen, to the east, followed us everywhere on this clear day. Tiny country roads guided us through the northern part of this great state - sometimes showing their age with pocked asphalt, and other times passing their newly acquired lack of irregularities through to our tires, and then through our bicycle frames, and our arses gladly accepted! We passed one brown cow who had escaped its fence, and she hardly stopped eating the fresh greens on the side of Meridian Road to look up at us as we rode by. Her eyelashes must've been two inches long, and I'm pretty certain she winked as we pedaled by. We saw evidence of the previous week's floods in the orchards. Walnut tree trunks were wrapped with miscellaneous human-made debris, and lined the side of the street opposite the river. The wind was pretty kind to us, and there were even some points that she was us pushing along at 21mph!
The question remains though - how am I going to feel tomorrow sitting at a desk all day?!
Update: Another point to make is that this ride put me at 110 miles pedaled for the past week. If I can keep that up, things might look good for 2006!