There it is! My first century. What a hell of a time to do that. Overall it was a good experience. I did keep dreaming of warm weather. My toes took a huge toll but I managed to deal ok with that.
This was the only dirt road section on the ride. It was about 2.5 miles long. Towards the end of this road I had become a little displeased with my hub. It downshifted to 6th gear ok but below that wasn't happening. I had to get off the bike and twist the shift mechanism by hand. Mind you that I am only 18 miles into my ride. I stopped at mile 26 at a gas station to check it out. I scraped all the gunk, slush, and ice off of the hub in hopes that this would help. Not really. Fast forward to later in the ride, it worked fine. Towards the end of the ride, not so good again. Temperature was playing a big part in the situation. I am going to pull it apart again and try a different grease and also change the shift cable out for a sealed unit. Hopefully this works. More about that later.
I wanted to take more pictures but it is such a pain in the tail end to stop all the time and pull the gloves off, get out the camera and shoot.
|little town charm|
|next door to the town offices|
next up was the town of Bristol. If it wasn't for being in the middle of nowhere, it would be a cool place to hang out.
|the furthest point south on my route :)|
I stopped in Middlebury to have my lunch and take a break. By the time I took off again, about 45 minutes had passed. I wondered if this was a bad idea but I seemed ok when I took off again. Riding along I look out ahead and the weather looked horrible. I thought I was in for a tough ride home. It turned out to be just a squall that lasted maybe three or four minutes. That was fine by me!
|distance traveled before lunch|
|This is how long it took to get to 56 miles!|
This solar farm is on route 7 near Vergennes. I don't know anything about it but I think that it was cool to see. Much more pleasant than seeing a nuclear plant or something.
|Pano view of the solar farm|
|This one is for you Bob!|
At about 6 miles from home I stopped to let my wife know that I was almost done. I stopped in a bus shelter to block the wind. It didn't work too well and it was pretty cold at this point. The temp dropped noticeably about 15 miles from home.
Overall it was great. I was good for the first 70 miles and the last 30 took a beating on me. I would say that the weather played a large roll in that. Now I know what to expect for next month, when I do it again!