5/26/14

Sunday's 50 Miler...

Tara and I decided to work in a 50 mile pavement ride on Sunday between the thunderstorms.  It finished raining in Indianola a bit after 10 AM, so I walked the dogs and loaded up the bikes to hopefully time our ride before the next system moved in and dumped more rain.  We weren't really sure if the weather would hold for the full ride from Ankeny to Woodward and back, so we drove to Slater.  That way we could ride the northern half of the High Trestle Trail with thoughts that if it wasn't raining by the time we returned to Slater, we would ride the southern half to Ankeny and back.

The cement pavement of the High Trestle is so much more forgiving than the buckling black top of the Great Western and Summerset Trails that we frequent.  Combine that with a predominantly flat ride, and it was really a very easy ride to do as the wind was light and temperartures remained around 70 due to cloud cover.

We stopped for the requisite pair of photos before crossing the bridge...

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And I snuck one in behind Tara crossing the bridge on the way West...

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After we made the turn at Woodward, we stopped at the Flat Tire Lounge for a little refreshment along with quite a few others who were out enjoying a nice Sunday ride...

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And of course, a few miles later in Slater after drinking a beer, one has to visit the King's Throne...

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The weather was holding, so we rode on down to Ankeny to that end of the trailhead, turned around and used the tailwind to arrive back in Slater for a 3 1/2 hour round trip 50 miler.  It was a perfect RAGBRAI pace training ride for both of us.

We made it home in time to catch a IHS Senior Party down the street from us and got back to the house just before the second round of thunderstorms hit for Sunday.  I think we got about an inch of rain on Sunday in Indianola, and needless to say things are nice and green this Spring.  Today will be a little more low key as we putter around the garden, yard, and I smoke something on the Big Green Egg for Memorial Day.

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