While I never made it to Darwin, and the biggest ball of twine, I did have a great ride. I essentially (for the start) did the Dirt Bag route from years past backwards, Dellwood Road. But instead of turning into Fairhaven I continued south, skirting Kimball. Once on the west side of hwy 15 I kept going south. Many of the roads would either come to a "T" or force me back to hwy 15. So I did a lot of turns, both east and west.
At 12:30 (4 hours in) I turned west and eventually north for home. Tailwind! The wind had picked up as the day went on so I was cheating a bit with this wind. I ended up stopping in Watkins to refuel. Last week in much cooler temps I never ran out of water...the power of the sun!
I've been running Teravail Cannonball tires, 700x38, on Nox (wider) rims. The tires look pretty big and I go back and forth if they are too big. But hitting the deep gravel I'm always glad I have them. Nonetheless I feel like a 700x35 would be the sweet spot for me. Gotta run these down first.
I ended with 7.5 hours and 132 miles. At home I showered, got Avery, and started to cook dinner. Then it was off to Brinna's orchestra concert.
I was thinking of getting up and on the bike between 5-5:30 but that just puts so much strain on our morning routine. Soon enough school will be out.
FYI: Saturday some of us are doing the Hill Route, 4-5 hours on road bikes. Meet at the shop at 9 if interested.