Today is March 18, 2013. On this day last year it was over 70 degrees. Today for my ride it was barely half that temperature. Thanks to my new GPS and ride with GPS, I drew up a new ride the other night and had it on my GPS in less 1/5 the time it used to take using my old GPS and the old GPS would not be as accurate. This course was 27.3 miles with 1366 feet of climbing.
I really liked this ride. It was scenic quiet roads with a few steep hills (one with a short stint of 14%) thrown in. The ride went along two sides of Whitehall Reservoir, into Upton and return home. The pavement on this route at this time of year is terrible. 700×23 road slicks would not be recommended, especially with the sand on the road let alone dealing with the occasional pothole. I rode on 700×28 with some tread on it. These are my winter tires and they helped me in a couple of places where the sand on the road was sketchy.
This will be a nice ride to do again in the summer and it may become one of my favorites. When will I ride this again. I will probably do a portion of this course this weekend with the Charles River Wheelman, if the weather and roads cooperate. As for now they are forecasting 7-9 inches of snow tomorrow on the 19th of March. This has been a tough winter, thank God I have a spinning bike at the gym. A.J.
P.S. The mileage widget is working again and I have logged 74.5 miles this year.