Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May-29: Egypt Mtn, with Detour 210

What to do when you're out of shape and you've DNF'd your intended R-ride?
Do your "go-to" Perm.
Well, with a detour because a key bridge is still out

Curious llamas at the "Llama House," 18.8-miles into the course.  Usually, it is better to stay upwind of that enclosure, but on this morning, with no discernible breeze, there was also no discernible odor.  (I should have moved a few feet to the left; that would have resulted in a better photo, but, you know ....
Just a ranchstead on West River Rd (east of Franklinton).  About 25-miles into the course.  (This might look better if I cropped the photo removing the road and the heavily shaded foreground ditch.  Maybe later.)
Cokesbury Church.  44.7-miles into the course.
Surprise!  On Jacksontown Rd, 52-miles into the course.  Traversed via a lift from a pickup truck.  Once across, another vehicle, perhaps a small van, tried to cross, but too fast, created a bow wave, raising the level of the water around the vehicle, and causing to stall out.  Luckily for that van driver, a couple of young boys were able to push the vehicle out of the flood.  Vehicle was still stalled, though; and I imagine that driver had quite a day of it.  (If anyone had undertake ye old Kerr Lake Loop on this date, they would have certainly first encountered a much higher flood on Nutbush Creek Rd, and getting around that flood might well have ended such a ride.)
It seems a good idea to stop here once in awhile and take a photo (and maybe take a pee).  No other reason to stop here.
Most of the traditional directional (and sometimes direction with distance) signs have disappeared, probably whenever road re-surfacing or widening occur.  This sign has seen better days.  Approx 16.5-miles from the finish (also the start) of the route.  (There used to be a directional sign with distances across from the Bay Leaf CVS, the start / finish of this route (and a few others); that signage indicated that Creedmoor was 14 miles to the north on NC-50 AND that Raleigh was 14 miles to the south on NC-50.  These days, most would say / think that Bay Leaf, and the site of that former signage, was on the edge of northern Raleigh.)
Oh, yeah:
I slogged out this ride, completing the "Warrenton & Egypt Mtn" permanent for the 29th time.
Official rando elapsed time:  12h00.  Time-in-motion:  10h01.
My third slowest passage on this route ever.
Fastest passage on this route this year.  LOL.

1 comment:

  1. As I type this EARLY on June 2nd, 2017 -- I just realized that this ride put me over 50K RUSA kms lifetime, i.e., half-way to Galaxy.

    Seriously, lately, I have not been paying attention to RUSA lifetime nor total cycling lifetime results.