Saturday, January 10, 2009
This photo sums up today's ride fairly well. Kyle, Taylor, Bruce, Kurt, Jordan, Brad and I left my house around 10:30 AM for a planned gravel ride. Kyle called me at 8 to ask if we were still going. The 6" of snow we received overnight had a few people wondering if we were still going to ride. I had planned on heading out for a ride today, whether it was urban or rolling on gravel. I took a few minutes to scope out the situation just west of my house. The east-west gravel looked great, but the north-south sections were definitely going to take some work to get through. Once everyone arrived, we settled on heading towards Dallas Center to start, and then figuring out our plan from there. We had a NW wind for the ride out. Between the wind, the first shenanigans stop and some mechanical issues, we rolled into Dallas Center around noon. After a quick refuel at the Casey's, we decided to head back. We stopped at the big drift for some additional shots at drift busting glory, most of which resulted in summersaults over the handlebars and into the snow below. We pulled back into the driveway about 1:30, loaded up bikes, had a quick beer and parted ways. 3 hours of easy riding (save for a final push by Kyle, Brad and I), but a lot of fun and good times.