The Ride to Conquer Cancer was scheduled for last weekend, until it got moved to August in the hopes of getting lots of people vaccinated. It was nice on Saturday, so I thought I would do the ride solo.
I got an early start. These days are sun is up from about 5:30am to 9:00pm
I cached food, an extra gallon of water and a change of clothes at a central location. The target is 100km for the day, unless you want bragging rights of doing the Hammer.
The plan to get out early to make the most of the light wind meant for the first couple of hours it was just me and farmers. This is at 60 km.
Farmers pump the water from canals onto the fields. Riding through it cools you, but it also gets you dirty - the water is quite gross, but makes good veggies.
I stopped at the truck for a quick breakfast and to refill my water bottles at 73 km, then wandered the streets a bit and found my 4th public school. In 1967 all grade 6 kids were banished from the town I lived in and sent to this country school.
Back to the country for a quick lunch at 121km, then fought the mid day wind until Mrs and my eldest met me for an 'almost finished' snack at 156km. Their $4 small cone is enough ice cream to feed a small family.
Then a quick ride back to my cache to finish off at 162.9km. Shoes are a big deal when you're on a bike this long.
And of course, when I got home I had to rehydrate. Local cider that I generally stock 10 or so varieties of.
The giant bags on my legs are socially distance massage.