Unbound XL is getting close, first weekend in June. The problem with having more than one (or two) bike that would work for the race is deciding which bike to use. I've done the 200 on a Surly Long Haul Trucker (canti version) and the Evergreen. I also used the Evergreen on the XL. The Evergreen was the likely choice once again. But I keep going back to the Cutthroat. I can run a bit bigger tire (still deciding) and I have a bigger gear choice. Plus it's a damn comfy bike. The hang up has been the Evergreen seems faster. But I'm leaning towards the Cutthroat. Comfort trumps speed in 350 miles for me.
Knowing this I've been spending more time on the Cutthroat. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were all on the Cutthroat. The wind Saturday was S/SE! I haven't been on the Dirt Bag course all Spring! It was time. A bit over an hour in I ran into Onyx Jim. We rode together the next hour and half before he had to head for home. That was a nice reprieve from just my and my brain!
Not wanting to do the last section of the DB around Lake Sylvia and beyond I deviated from the course and headed south on gravel roads. Just before Cokato, or Dassel...not sure, I headed back north to connect back with the DB route.