Ride morning I checked fb and Annette had driven part of the route and said there was a 4 mile section of dirt/gravel that was "pretty much unrideable" and there were tons of cattle guards too and we'd need to "put our big girl pants on for this ride!" Yikes! But I was actually still feeling pretty good about the ride.
Del & I got to Marble Falls early and met up with Ingrid, Amy, Annette & Betsy. We figured out that we'd have a police escort at the beginning on 281, but Annette, Betsy and I had planned on riding out a few minutes after the 120 riders. As the ride started we quickly realized we had to go RIGHT NOW if we wanted the escort- oops! It turned out fine, but really got us going at the beginning!
|Me and Spinnaker|
|Betsy & her Bedazzled Bike|
|Annette & Buzz|
|"The Road From Hell"|
|low water crossing on "The Road From Hell"|
I hadn't expected it, but the last few miles was on a busy 2 lane road with no shoulder- Yikes! Way scarier than "The Road From Hell" Annette was behind me and kept yelling "car back" but there just wasn't anything we could do but hold our line- NOT FUN! We got to 281 and it didn't look any better! We decided to cross as pedestrians and race to our turn. From there it was a nice ride into the park. I was surprised to see Logan there announcing and we got medals at the finish- cool!
I thought I'd start to feel pretty tired & sore around mile 60 or so since I hadn't ridden more than 56 miles yet this year (and those miles were pretty flat), but I actually felt good the entire ride! I was getting tired of climbing by the last 10 miles, but that was 30 miles longer than I'd ridden this year and probably hillier than anything I've EVER ridden. Aside from the trafficy last 5 miles and maybe "The Road From Hell" this was an awesome, beautiful, fun ride!
Post ride Annette & I got some food & beer and met up with Del, Ingrid & Amy, then we headed over to the Blue Bonnet Cafe for pie- my first experience there- Yum!
|Post ride pie!|