This week of riding I wanted to be easier (and shorter) the the previous 4-5 which were 20-25 hour weeks. I took Monday and Tuesday off completely. I got 2 hours in on Wednesday and out on the fat bike yesterday.
I headed up the River Road to Rice and continued on to North Prairie. I've been on my fat bike only a few times this year and all those were when we had snow so on single track or just messing around. Out on the road, in search of gravel, I was quickly reminded how 5" tires are much slower than the 34mm tires on the Evergreen! Instead of cruising at 18-19 mph I was at 14-15 with much more effort!
I finally jumped on some gravel. I was stoked to find it wasn't a sloppy mess. For the most part the new fat bike stayed relatively clean. I took turns going North then West and on and on . I found some great little roads I've not been on before. Always a good score! I came upon a town, which turned out to be Swanville. Oops a bit far out...once again.
Straight South out of Swanville there is a great road I take most times. It turns to gravel, back to pavement, and gravel again. Hilly, tiny, and twisty. All good. With the NW wind now at my back I was able to make up some time.
In the city limits of St. Cloud I flipped the Garmin to the data page and saw I was at 96 miles. Yesterday I was that guy the circled a bit to get 100. It's just a number and who cares but I did it...guilty! St. Cloud did just finish this fall a 6-8 million dollar pedestrian trail along the Mississippi River. I have only been on it once so decided to jump on that, going the other direction. It's a super cool trail, I mean really cool, but it's less than a mile long! Nonetheless I'm glad they put the money towards it. We have a great river splitting the town and we have very little focus on it.
With that little jump across the river and back I ended with 6.5 hours and 100.2 miles.
Probably more than I should have gone but I kept the pace easier and I really want to get some saddle time on the fat bike. The Fat Pursuit is only a month off. It takes sometime for the body (KNEES) to get used to the fat bike geometry. Happily I'm good this morning.
Today Jen is heading to the cities for a party for her mom. The girls and I are heading to the movies tonight! Taking the day off from riding. Saturday and Sunday will be under 3 hours. Shooting for 12 on the week.