With baseball practice cancelled, this had Aj going to bowling. My plan was to work in some elliptical or trainer time. With a call saying that I didn’t need to pick him up, all plans were off. I went down stairs and did a quick once over with the Surly 1×1. It had been a long time since I have been on her and with all the rain we have had, I knew it was time for her to come off of the bench and get in the game. I just hoped that every thing was working good enough and I had all the tools needed to fix most problems on the road side if needed.
The first thing I did was head toward the closest gravel I could find. My old faithful roads did not let me down. Well, they did keep it interesting with several sections flooded over. I only passed on one section because it looked kind of deep. I am sure I could have road it, but with another option right there, I just went the longer route. It also didn’t take me long to remember that riding 42×20 gear on some of those climbs can really hurt. I cleaned all but one. I was disappointed by having to get off, but I made up with it by climbing the next one that I usually have trouble cleaning. The wind was brutal in some sections and even worse when I was climbing a steep hill into the wind.