The plan was to head up to the Soo Line Trail, ride that to the Wobegon, and go from there as time allowed. I tend to forget the speed of a fat bike and the distance to the Soo Line. It took me almost 4 hours to get there. Nonetheless I made first tracks on about 2-3" of snow. Crazy how that brought my speed down a couple notches. From where I got on to the trail, East of Pierz, to the Hwy 10 crossing took me 1.5 hours. I started to make my way onto the Wobegon but quickly figured I better head south to keep my time line.
Essentially Royalton to home were a test of my mental strength, I was struggling. My new, favorite saddle was about to get chucked into the woods, I could maintain 11 mph, my right ankle (which hasn't hurt in years) was really sore, and the roads were a sloppy mess. But on I pushed. At every landmark or mile marker I knew from summer riding made me that much closer to home. In hind site I should have crossed 10 again and taken gravel roads to be more sheltered and just more enjoyable.
I made it home in 8.5 hours, still not 100 miles...a few short. Only stopped 4 or 5 times to pee, so essentially on 10 minutes of stopped time. I nailed my food and water.
I feel good today. Just finished an hour on the rollers and that felt good too.
I had originally thought of night ride tonight but with the Holidays looming and it being Jen's Birthday we have a lot to do! Maybe early tomorrow morning.
Maybe more snow on the way too?!!