"Prison Break" for those needing something lighter.
The "Prison Break", as cue-sheeted, is about 47 miles.
The Irregulars "Mt. Tirzah Tour", as cue-sheeted, is about 74 miles.
Who looks at the cue sheets?
Mid-week, I sent out the e-mail call for the ride. It included the following:
I haven't checked the "starting sequence" of the cue sheet (who needs cue sheets?),
but let's take Carpenter Pond all the way to Leesville and Doc Nichols roads.
Then, let's turn right on Cheek to left on Creech to right on Redwood at the stop-sign when Creech ends. [That's actually what the cue sheet indicates. Who knew?] And rather than turn left on Geer St., let's continue straight on the road "up-n-around" to Red Mill Rd.
The "DocNichols way" adds 3.4 miles, but is a more peaceful start (i.e., flatter).Local randos may recognize some of the above route description.
The "Creech - Redwood Roundabout" adds maybe a mile, maybe less;
I'd like to do that just to vary the route as compared to last week.
(There are so many excellent roads, so many places worth seeing ... so ... variation is the spice of life. Interestingly, when it comes to rando routes ... I like the familiarity that repeating the routes brings.)
For those that make it to Bahama (short-cutters will not turn left on to Stagville Rd.), I do want to go to Mt. Tirzah via the more scenic route on this cue sheet -- which is our Irregulars standard routing. A by-product of going the more scenic route is skipping Lake Michie.
And realize we did NOT use the precise Triple-L routing from NC-98 to Bahama,
nor did we use the Triple-L routing from Bahama to Mt. Tirzah.
Levi was the only one that did the shorter "Prison Break" route.
He was supposed to have company, but Stew no shew.
I presume Levi waved to Bernie Madoff on his way by the Federal Prison.
[As an aside, several years ago, when I planned the "Prison Break" route, it was a longgggg and adventuresome idea to go past the prison. In recent years ... not so much. Things change.]
Poor Levi, even though I assured him that I'd tell him when the "Prison Break" diverged from the main course, he kept thinking we were diverging away from him because he kept looking at the cue sheet and noting that the rest of us were not following his cue-sheeted course. [Who needs cue sheets? Who uses cue sheets?]
|This is the only photo of Levi that I have.|
|Wendy on Moores Mill Rd|
|This is the best photo of Robert, by himself, that I have.|
|Yours truly on Moores Mill Rd|
I believe everyone enjoyed their ride in the lower temps and humidity (as compared to earlier in the week AND what is forecast for tomorrow).
Iva's Garmin stats:
Finally, in case you didn't understand the introductory section regarding the cue-sheets and the course modifications:
I made the cue sheets for today's ride. Three or four years ago. I did NOT actually check the cue-sheeted course prior to sending them out. I did NOT check the cue sheets prior to the ride. I know where I'm going. I know where the stores are Who needs cue sheets?'Till next time ...
--> PUE: Mt. Tirzah Tour -->; 100.0 m.; 6h,37m in-motion; 15.1 mph.
[Robert, I decided to vary my route "home" to get to 100-miles. With loops at the end: 100.03 miles.]
Q-1 tot: _23 rides; _1822.2 m.; 123 hrs, 05 min; 14.8 mph.
Apr tot: __7 rides; __793.8 m.; _52 hrs, 28 min; 15.1 mph.
May tot: _10 rides; __894.1 m.; _63 hrs, 45 min; 14.7 mph.
Jun tot: __2 rides; __116.0 m.; __7 hrs, 41 min; 15.1 mph.
YTD tot: _42 rides; _3626.1 m.; 244 hrs, 01 min; 14.9 mph.