Saturday was looking to be a great day: warm temps, sun, and I with the day to do whatever. Yes, the wind was kicking once again but not enough to keep me off the bike. A bit before 8:00 I was on the Evergreen heading South.
I did last year's Dirt Bag course to it's Southern most part then broke off and continued South. On this ride I realized why it is I like the Dirt Bag course so much. It doesn't go in anyone direction for too long, so on windy days there are many breaks. But now I was in the brunt of the wind pounding it out.
I started in Sherburne County, passed through Wright, Carver, and eventually Mcleod. I jumped on the Luce Line Trail some to get a break from the wind. I continued South past Lester Prairie. Around the 5 hour mark I made the turn West. When I made the turn to head home I was more than ready for a tailwind but the gravel in Mcleod County was 3" of loose gravel. I was unable to find "the" line and felt I was working just as hard going with the wind!
Eventually the gravel would firm up and I was able to spin the legs freely. It was a hot and windy day, as was evident by my salt encrusted jersey and I'm sure face. Total I went through 10-11 bottles. At a stop in Howard Lake I gave in and had a soda, Cherry Pepsi...my first in over 3 months.
I made it home with 9.5 hours, 155 miles, around 5:30 (so only 20 minutes of stops). I felt pretty solid overall. I wasn't setting a killer pace but kept it solid. The legs were tired at the end but not shot, despite being dehydrated.
Sunday I met up with the Southside Cyclist group and we did 2 hours. Felt good to spin the legs but any hills and I my legs let me know they were there!
Hoping for an hour on the mountain bike tonight but rain is predicted. Once again rain is predicted for TNR too.