I got "prune hands" this morning
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    I got "prune hands" this morning

    They were calling for 95 degrees today, hot humid and clear, but when I got up this morning it was cool and overcast. SO......I decided to get a ride in BEFORE that happened. I mounted up my new lights to make sure they were going to work and not be in my way for Booty. I tucked into the 15 mph wind and headed south. The further I got, the darker and windier it got, I was PLANNING 50.....but....at 23 I decided I best head back...it was starting to rain and the wind was up to about 25 mph. I decided on a "shortcut" over to Lake Mills via the gravel trail. That was NOT a shortcut and the waterford was NOT the right bike for the trail either. By the time I got to lake mills it was raining pretty steady. Now you guys KNOW what happens to a road when it hasn't rained in over a month.....FILTHY.....SLIPPERY....I was dehydrated but there was no effing way I was putting my water bottle in my mouth...YUCK.

    I stopped at Kwik Trip and bought a salted nut-roll thing just to get a plastic bag for my cell phone and decided on taking state hwy 89 back north because it had good wide shoulders. As it turned out, I was glad i had the lights, the conditions were bad and I was on the edge of a fairly busy state highway. I set both front and rear to flash and felt a little more secure about being visible. At this point I was in the driving rain with a 25 to 30 mph crosswind for 8 miles.

    When I hit Waterloo, I had the direct tailwind most of the way home....I must have ridden out of the rain because it did not appear to have rained more than a tenth or so, it was dry under all the trees.

    So I finished up at 46 miles and was just a filthy mess.

    I kind of like riding in the rain...is is quiet and fast, I swear wet roads are faster than dry roads. It makes sense to me, the tires and roads are lubricated, right????

    Anyhow it was a good ride
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    I went out for 50 also. Here in northern Illinois we got nothin. Need rain bad.

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    we got nothing at home.....we need it desperately
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right.....

    "There's no sense being stupid unless you show it."

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    I remember the feeling of zinging along in the rain, but I hate it--too many memories of hard long races in the rain in Raincouver.

    My morning ride was exceptionally beautiful--up before anyone else, coffee and juice and hit the road--for some mysterious reason we are still getting cool at night so it was about 60 when I started--so knickers and a long-sleeve jersey for me.

    Beautiful clear sunshine, summer wildflowers blooming up in Harriman State Park, their scent mixing with the smell of fresh-mowed grass on the verge. Saw a bunch of deer feeding on the side of the road--only spooked one when I sneaked up on him.

    Funniest was the family of geese sitting on the roadway--warming up from the asphalt?--there was that little traffic.

    Then off to the big city to meet our near-godson and GF (he's calling her a "room-mate"--heh!) for brunch.

    A good day!
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