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I Rode The Chili Wiener

01 Mar

I got up this morning with the plan to go to the meal after the ride since it had been so nasty.  Then I walked outside and instead of it being 18°F with a bitter wind it was sunny and close to 30°F.  I put on my bib shorts, insulated jersey, tights and shoe covers and out the door I went.

I got to Oberlin just in time for the ride and introduced myself.  The fast riders were just taking off and I joined a group that was going a bit slower.  I was surprised at how easy it was to ride.  We headed east to create a large square.  I was able to keep up and the only problems were a couple of hills.  I had to barrel down one side and barely made it up the other.  I’m sure it would be easier if I was a bit lighter.

The roads were clear and dry but there was still a lot of snow along the sides.

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It wasn’t until mile ten that I felt like my old self.  My legs felt light and strong.  I ended up riding 16.5 miles.

We got back to Oberlin and found a feast of chili and wieners.  I had a great bowl of chili and some cornbread and the world felt right. I joined The Silver Wheels Bike Club and met a lot of people.  This will be good for me.

Here are the stats:

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I was so comfortable that I know I can ride from now on.  As long as the roads are dry I’m fine.

Here are a few more pics, mostly to show the character of the area around here.

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