I got the time wrong on this one.
When I registered it said the start time was 9am. The morning of the ride I slept in a little and decided I would sign in @ 10am. Figuring the 9am start was for the those doing the century.
Well when I got there the sign in was closing up. Apparently the time I was given was wrong. The sign in started @ 6am. The admitted the site I registered on was wrong but I was never notified.
Anyway, I was able to sign in and get out and ride but the roads were marked so poorly I missed turns more than twice and ended up just following some other riders back to the beginning. I ended up doing about 30 miles even though I only recorded about 20. I still keep messing up with my Garmin. The UI just is not intuitive and the buttons are so easy to hit while riding…
I am starting to figure out that signup for and driving out to these organized rides isn’t worth it. In Long Island the rides would wind thru towns and by the ocean. You would see different scenery and have BBQ’s, ice cream and fresh pies. Free beer and good entertainment. Riding here in the mid-west all I see on the rides are endless fields that all look the same and for food they have bananas, PB+J, orange slices, and lame cookies… Just doesn’t seem worth the $30 and hour to hour and a half drive each way for that.
On the good side. I felt really strong during this ride. I was able to climb without effort and catch other riders when I wanted to. I really feel my fitness is coming along.
Also word of warning! Those tar lines on the road are Dangerous. They make your bike wobble like you have a wheel out of true or a flat tire. Avoid at all costs.