Monday, March 22, 2010
Slender Fungus Cycling Association
So we had gotten hounded by Giggles for not doing any real long rides and decided that this Sunday was the day to do it. Hellmut was struggling with a beginning cold that was brought over from Florida as a cheap present from his parents. He balanced on the scale of riding and not riding and as secretary of the Slender Fungus took the right decision to get out and fight those nasty little germs. We left at 4:oo a.m. as required by our Northern friends and found ourselves cruising east bound in darkness, 23 degree weather and a steady snowfall. The snowplows were out again spreading more destructive salt.
Hellmut was silent in the dark as he fought off demons that were telling him to turn around and go home. He fought them hard and once the light came out he started to find a new courage. I felt bad for him and kept wanting him to not get any sicker. We made it to Downers Grove and took a welcome break at the bucks where my sister in law works. We then decided to head south and target Waterfall Glen for some offroad and some good hills.
We rolled south on Cass ave and got into the Forest. Road the muddy section then rolled around the wonderful forest. Went up the Airplane Field then started our long journey home. Had a magnificent tailwind from the N.E.
Our last 20 miles comprised the GWT. Started to feel the ride after the 100 mile mark. Good ride, good experience. No mechanicals, no flats, and Hellmut was happy to have decided to come out instead of laying in bed.
Hours riding: 9 hrs 30 minutes
distance: 120 miles