I've got to say that adventures on bikes are entirely too much fun, no matter what conditions you experience. On Sunday, we did a gravel grinder that we had talked about for several weeks. The weather was looking like the big, gusty storm was going to catch us on the way back and make life a good bit challenging. In addition to that, at about two miles in, we were starting to hit long patches of snow. Well, the ride turned out to be 45 miles, with maybe a mile of it on paved road! We ended up climbing 3500 feet of vertical elevation, and descending that, as well.
Schmitty, our resident downhill racer, is working hard to get in shape for the coming race season. He had expressed that he wanted an adventure. Even in the hail storm, he made me look like I should have training wheels on the descent. The best part... on the way back, with about 8 miles left to go, Schmitty's legs were starting to cramp. Sure enough, that didn't stop him from bunny hopping any and every big puddle that happened to be in the way.
The smile on our mechanic Ruthie's face was huge. She was so excited to be out away from paved roads and into the woods. In the pouring rain and hail, someone asked her how her new Endura MT500 jacket was. She smiled and exclaimed that it felt like the perfect little tent made especially for her!
Today was a reminder that riding is always an adventure. And, it is about camaraderie. It's about getting through the adventure and having fun doing it, together! You never know what is going to happen once you start pedaling. That is what makes it so much fun. From all of us here at Universal Cycles, get out there and have your own adventure. And, share it with some friends!