Eric and I had a successful ride this past Saturday, on the first official running of Splendid Isolation 200K. I have a whopping R-3 streak going here. Yay for me.
To offer some modicum of variety, we decided to try out an alternate route between Weikert and Milroy, and it ended up being the simultaneous lowlight and highlight of the day. It was rocky, steep doubletrack that was challenging to ride, and it slowed us down big time. But it was rewarding. We finished in 13:04 (officially), but had to really bust ass to do so. But overall, despite being hard, it was a great ride. We wouldn’t do this stuff if it was a cakewalk, right?
The scenery was great and everything was extremely lush, due to recent rains. And also, as usual, the ride was extremely quiet. We saw one whole car on the non pavement sections all day. Splendid Isolation, indeed.
Eric’s take (on the ride):
So we finished in 13 hours out of the 13:24 allotted. Steamer took a roofing nail to his rear tire with about 7 miles to go, so we were a little concerned about time. The fact that it was a nail made changing it a little easier since we knew the cause of the flat was gone and there was no need to search around for it like happens with a sliver of steel or glass.
I always was curious about one of the roads we took, turns out we should have trusted the Purple Lizard map that showed it as ajeep trail. It was about 15 miles of doubletrack with big rocks and huge mud puddles, compounding the fact that it was almost all uphill. Fortunately, the road surface on the descent was much better, although it’s not sustainable and there were huge ditches made by runoff crossing the road. Ya, you can ride it on a CX bike, but it’s a lot slower than if you are riding a MTB. I suspect that if I was riding the 30mm tires I was using last year that I would have gotten at least one pinch flat.
Amusingly, one full second after I pulled the roofing nail out of my rear tire and showed it to Eric, he pointed to a contractor’s trailer parked 30 feet away that said “roofing and siding”. Thanks a lot, pal. Let’s keep the nails in people’s yards where they belong… Ahem. Eric’s point about pinch flats is mildly ironic. We missed a million opportunities to have one of those all day long, you see.
Oh, in case anyone was wondering, the doubletrack Jeep road we speak of is Longwell Draft Road and it looks like…..
The rest of the pics: http://s771.photobucket.com/user/steamer_03/library/SI%20200K-1
Strava entry: http://app.strava.com/activities/153633319