Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sep-30: Benson Mule Pull 105-km Perm-Pop

Quite a lot of deja vu today.
Same course out of Raleigh.
And yesterday I rode through the start of the Mule Pull,
And then I rode the Mule Pull course to near the start of the LOMBD.

The start of the LOMBD follows the same route as the Mule Pull for quite a while.

So ... definitely a bit of deja vu today.
Some things were different.
No thunderstorm and rain deluge at oh-dark-thirty.
No wet roads.
No need to ride in the dark.

I missed a turn this morning while still in Raleigh.
The sun -- there was NO sun at any time, yesterday!
Anyway, the sun in my eyes as I headed eastbound on Peace Street
Blinded me, and I didn't see the sign for Blount Street until I was past the corner.
I thought it a bit strange that I saw the sign on Saturday at 0615 in the pitch-black-dark,
But couldn't see the sign in the bright sunlight.

Beautiful sunny morning, today!
Until I was climbing on Rand Rd -- climbing VERY slowly, btw.
There's another thing that was different today.
Yesterday, Rand Rd was part of the "cycle to the ride",
And I zipped up that climb -- yesterday.
Today -- a slow slog.

Anyway, at 0928, slogging up Rand Rd,
I realized that I no longer had a shadow.
I gave a cursory look around -- nothing but overcast!
Where did that come from?

When I got to the level part of Rand Rd, I took a much better look-around:
Oh, crap!  This looks worse than most of yesterday did !!

My fun and easy ride in the sunshine had become
My slog under the charcoal gray clouds.

Slog.  That's what I was doing early in the ride.
First intermediate control, at the "Grocery Boy", 14.5 miles into the course.
I got there 12 whole minutes before the control window closed.
No problems -- just SLOW.

Lubed my chain before leaving -- 6 minutes after the control closed.
And the slog continued.
Down and up.
Down and up.
No pace at all on any of the "up".

About half-way across Benson-Hardee Rd, the down-and-ups finally stop.
Just a shallow incline up to the top of ridge-line,
Followed by a shallow decline on the opposite side.
I started finding cadence and some comfort on the bike on the incline.
And, of course, the decline felt great.

The good feeling lasted all the way to the Benson control.
The good pace lasted all that way, too.
Good thing, too, that I had found some pace.
[How many times can I use the word "good" in consecutive sentences?]
Because I was only 39 minutes ahead of the control closing in Benson.

Fairly quick turn-around -- I left the control about 22 minutes ahead of the control.
And the good feeling on the bike and the decent, er,
Good pace lasted up the incline (formerly decline),
And down the decline (formerly incline).

One other nice thing happened on the (now) incline after Benson:
At 1226, the sunshine returned.
That picked up my spirits and made for a much nicer ride.

But then I reached the down-and-ups.
No cadence.
No comfort on the bike.
No good pace.

However, somewhere before reaching the Grocery Boy again,
I realized I had FINALLY gotten comfortable on the bike,
And comfortable doing the down-and-ups,
And had excellent, er, good cadence climbing,
And good pace, too.

What made me realize that I had finally found "a zone"?
My bottom was no longer bothering me!

Grocery Boy control with 76 minutes in-hand.
Finish control with 85 minutes in-hand.
Hmmn.  That's strange.
I would have sworn I felt better after the Grocery Boy on the return than before.
But I only picked up an additional 9 minutes on the closing times.

Felt great from the Mule Pull finish back to and into and through downtown Raleigh.
I didn't even mind the stop-lights and stop-signs.
And I managed to avoid the trafficey streets.

Oh, lest you think I didn't notice any scenery or such:
For the first time ever, I noticed the park and bandstand in downtown Benson.
I didn't notice any mules today, but did see quite a few horses.
Record month for me as far as total miles goes.
Not a record month for me as regards RUSA credit kms.

Last year, I did 10 solo permanents, and one solo perm-populaire.
This year (so far), 0 solo permanents, and today made my 2nd solo perm-pop.
A few years ago, half or more of my rides were solo.
This year, excluding the "errand" rides, I have only 2 solo rides in addition to the solo pops.
What has happened ?!
I like some solo rides -- great time for contemplation, etc..

--> Benson Mule Pull 105-km perm-populaire; 89.9 m.; 6h28 in-motion; 13.9 mph; Mule Pull elapsed time:   5h35 (assuming it gets approved).

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: _13 rides; 1,367.0 m.; _91h48; 15.9 mph; 1384 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _83 rides; 7,280.7 m.; 488h47; 14.9 mph; 7630 RUSA kms.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sep-29: Rescue Rangers 201-km Perm

The object of today's ride was to ride with Bob as he attempted to rescue his R-series after he crashed our of the Taste of Carolina 1200 a month ago.

Bob's helpers on the day, aka, "Rescue Rangers", were:
  • MikeD (yes, for those of you non-locals, THAT MikeD), 
  • Mick H, 
  • me. 

We had wet roads half the day -- dry roads the other half.
But it never rained on us.
A few sprinkles, but nothing any rando worth their salt would notice.

We tried to protect Bob in the paceline,
Allowing him only one pull all day.

More than the above I'm not writing.
I'm hoping Bob will write something more insightful on his blog.

Oh, you might be wondering if Bob rescued his R-series.
You darn well better believe he did!  His series now at R-33.
Permanent Route NameDistanceDateFinishersDNF
NC: Lookin' Out My Back Door2012012/09/2940
Cert#RUSA#NameClub / ACP CodeTime
RUSA-T269895843B____, BobAlamance-Burlington Bicycle Club / 93305810:17
RUSA-T269901609D____, Michael JNorth Carolina Bicycle Club / 93304510:08
RUSA-T269916169H____, Michael ANorth Carolina Bicycle Club / 93304510:08
RUSA-T269926218S____, J MartinRandonneurs USA / 93309510:17

Umm.  I'm going to have to have a talk with a certain route owner.
The official start time was 0730, Dean!
Not 0700.

None of us care about the time; all we care about is the credit; but ... .
[Edit, Oct-01-2012: 
Looks like Deaner paid off the "permanista" to cover-up his calculation error: 
RUSA-T26989 5843   B___, Bob Alamance-Burlington Bicycle Club / 933058 09:47
RUSA-T26990 1609 D___, Michael J North Carolina Bicycle Club / 933045 09:38
RUSA-T26991 6169 H___, Michael A North Carolina Bicycle Club / 933045 09:38
RUSA-T26992 6218 S___, J Martin Randonneurs USA / 933095 09:47

I wonder {text redacted in the interest of safety -- mine!}.]

--> LOMBD 201-km permanent; 147.3 m.; 9h33 in-motion; 15.4 mph; LOMBD elapsed time:   9h47.

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: _12 rides; 1,277.1 m.; _85h20; 15.0 mph; 1279 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _82 rides; 7,190.8 m.; 482h19; 14.9 mph; 7525 RUSA kms

Eddington Cycling Number: 
After this ride:  95
Meaning that I have completed at least 95 different rides that were at least 95 miles long.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sep-23: Egypt Mtn 221-km Perm

Ian, Mick and I met for an 0730 start.
Started 5-minutes late.

GREAT day for a bicycle ride.
Severe clear, no humidity (by central NC standards),
Low about 59 at the start,
High about 75 F.
Back to around 62 or 64 by the 1830+ finish.

There was a breeze from the NE in the morning.
I think it built up strong enough to qualify as a headwind (by central NC standards).

Mick seemed "good to go" from the first pedal stroke.
Of course Ian was strong from the first pedal stroke.
Mick and I had to work at it a bit to slow him down,
IF he wanted to stick with us.

I was not "good to go" from the first pedal stroke.
We were nearly to Warrenton, 72-miles into the ride, before I was in a rhythm.

Two weeks in a row for that.
Two weeks in a row I've finally done a fast-ish IR on Saturday,
Followed by a Sunday rando 200+ km ride.
Did that a lot last year, and it never bothered me.
Haven't done much, if any, of that this year.
It shows in my legs.

Anyway, nice ride up to and through the rolling country-side
Defining NC BR #4 between Drewry and Warrenton.
And, to me, the ride only got better after that.

Mick and I "wore" Ian out.
That's our story.
Ian's story is that his rear was going flat and he didn't realize it.
And by the time he did, he was a bit burnt out.
That's his story.

Rolling again after Ian changed out his flat,
On a less demanding incline of Egypt Mtn Rd.,
I caught and passed Mick and Ian,
And Mick called out that he had a flat.

I was sure that he was joking -- just to slow me down
On the crucial segments of Egypt Mtn Rd just when I had finally wound-up-the-flywheel.
But no -- he had managed to collect a rear flat, too.

Supposedly Mick's first flat since he took up randonneuring a little over two years ago.

I usually ride well on the return section of the course after re-crossing the Tar River.
I managed to fake it pretty well on this ride.

Mick and Ian kept their powder dry, sucking my wheel,
Until the bottom of Ghoston Rd..

Beautiful day.
And we had pretty good elapsed times considering the long lunch break, and
The two flats.
So many details one could write about.
But you'll just have to wait for a day when you're riding with one of us,
And need to hear a story or two to pass some time.
Mick + me:  mid-morning snack @ Epsom control.   [Photo by Ian; ripped from "crackbook"]


--> Egypt Mtn 221-km permanent --> ; 156.4 m.; 10h17 in-motion; 15.2 mph; EM elapsed time:  11h05.

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: _11 rides; 1,129.8 m.; _75h47; 14.9 mph; _857 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _81 rides; 7,043.5 m.; 472h45; 14.9 mph; 7324 RUSA kms.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sep-22: JRA with the Mallet

Only Paul "the Mallet" was interested in riding Irregularly this morning.
"The Hawk" is injured.
"LT" may be on vacation.
The rest of the IR crew missed a great 50-miler on a FANTASTIC morning for cycling.

Paul + I swapped some stories and he updated on the escapades of his children.
We didn't particularly push the pace,
But we keep pedaling.
And made no stops en route.

Starting at 0730, we were back to PUE at approx 1035.
Almost exactly 50-miles covered:
Dove Rd up to Creedmoor,
US-15 out the north side of Creedmoor for ~ 1/2 mile,
Entire length of Sam Moss Hayes Rd,
Tom Hunt Rd,
Cannady Mill Rd to Philo White Rd,
To Flat Rock Rd, and the usual "Assault on Flat Rock" finish.

Thanks for the ride, Paul.
Thanks for doing more than the lion's share of work on Bruce Garner / New Light.

--> PUE:  see above for sketch of the course --> ; 72.1 m.; 4h38 in-motion; 15.6 mph.

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: _10 rides; __973.4 m.; _65h30; 14.9 mph; _857 RUSA kms.
YTD tot: _80 rides; 6,887.1 m.; 462h28; 14.9 mph; 7103 RUSA kms.

Sep-20: Smitty's Springs Eternal 140-k perm-pop

MickH and I set out at 0600 on the "Hope Springs Eternal" 140-km permanent-populaire.
Possibly to check what the traffic for the first 18-miles (30-kms) or so of the route would be like on a weekday during the school-year.  A more useful idea than you might think since the "Bunn Warmer" 108-km perm-pop and the OakElmOak 209-km permanent all use the same start.  [Actually, they are all the same course; one just turns around at different locations; of course, the route-owner and RUSA rules require that one must choose which route one is doing BEFORE starting.]

Mick and I found that the traffic along the route, at about 0700, was a bit more than we would prefer.  To paraphrase the route-owner (Mick), the HSE route seems to be a good route for weekends all year round, and weekdays during the summer (when schools are mostly not-in-session).

We also wanted to check out a new restaurant / cafe' in Spring Hope -- named "Smitty's".  The previous time that Mick and I did the HSE route, the Police Chief in Spring Hope noticed us checking out a different restaurant, and recommended Smitty's.  Conclusion:  excellent place for breakfast; we also expect it would be excellent for a lunch stop on the OEO perm.  Interesting thing:  while we were in Smitty's, the Police Chief came in for his breakfast.  He left the same we did; we asked if he remembered us; he did.

Excellent day it was for a bicycle ride.  This may sound repetitive, but the morning low was 53 F, and the temp by the time we finished seemed to have topped out at around 83 F.  Low humidity, too!

--> Hope Springs Eternal 140-km perm-pop --> ; 98.7 m.; 6h47 in-motion; 14.5 mph; HSE elapsed time:  7h40.

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: __9 rides; __901.3 m.; _50h51; 14.8 mph; _857 RUSA kms.  
YTD tot: _78 rides; 6,815.0 m.; 457h49; 14.9 mph; 7103 RUSA kms

Eddington Cycling Number: 
After this ride:  94
Meaning that I have completed at least 94 different rides that were at least 94 miles long.

Friday, September 21, 2012


[This post is for Andy.] 
Month, distance of longest ride that month (in miles), hours-in-motion, avg mph in-motion.
Summary line includes the avg distance of the (usually) 12 rides. 
Longest Ride Each Month: 

0.0 0.0 0.0
0.0 0.0 0.0
34.6 2.5 13.9
38.0 2.9 13.2
56.2 4.1 13.8
61.7 4.4 14.0
70.0 4.7 14.8
63.8 4.2 15.0
75.0 4.6 16.3
72.0 4.7 15.3
56.8 3.8 14.9
64.0 4.2 15.3

10 592.1 40.1 14.8 59.2

Longest Ride Each Month: 

47.0 2.9 16.0
29.7 1.8 16.4
60.0 3.9 15.6
67.4 4.3 15.7
77.3 5.2 14.9
68.3 4.3 15.8
63.0 3.9 16.0
50.8 3.0 16.8
109.0 7.0 15.5
68.0 4.0 16.8
43.2 2.7 16.0
32.1 2.0 16.0

12 715.8 45.2 15.8 59.7

Longest Ride Each Month: 

25.0 1.6 15.4
0.0 0.0 0.0
38.3 2.6 15.0
42.2 2.8 14.9
55.3 3.5 15.6
65.3 4.4 14.9
74.1 4.8 15.4
108.2 6.8 16.0
93.5 6.1 15.3
72.5 4.7 15.3
75.5 4.6 16.3
65.0 4.0 16.1

11 714.9 46.0 15.5 65.0

Longest Ride Each Month: 

56.0 3.6 15.5
53.5 3.4 15.9
75.9 4.8 15.8
72.8 4.5 16.3
81.1 5.2 15.6
100.8 6.4 15.8
84.3 5.0 16.9
101.2 6.3 16.1
78.2 5.1 15.5
126.3 8.2 15.4
88.2 5.6 15.8
65.0 4.3 15.1

12 983.3 62.2 15.8 81.9

Longest Ride Each Month: 


69.7 4.4 15.9

65.0 4.4 14.9

100.5 6.6 15.2

189.5 13.0 14.5

300.3 20.9 14.4

130.3 8.5 15.3

129.0 9.6 13.5

125.0 7.8 16.0

125.8 8.1 15.6

138.9 9.4 14.8

131.4 8.5 15.5

125.0 8.4 14.8

12 1,630.4 109.5 14.9 135.9

Longest Ride Each Month: 


131.3 9.2 14.2

131.5 9.1 14.5

127.0 8.1 15.7

249.2 17.1 14.5

377.2 26.6 14.2

151.8 9.6 15.8

154.5 10.8 14.4

141.8 9.6 14.7

142.3 8.4 16.9

131.1 8.5 15.3

127.1 8.4 15.2

127.1 8.8 14.5

12 1,991.9 134.2 14.8 166.0

2012, to-date
Longest Ride Each Month: 


126.4 7.9 16.0

139.8 9.4 14.8

135.6 9.4 14.4

259.9 18.1 14.3

148.6 9.9 15.0

377.4 24.4 15.4

148.6 9.7 15.3

142.4 9.0 15.8

147.5 10.1 14.6

0.0 0.0 0.0

0.0 0.0 0.0

0.0 0.0 0.0

9 1,626.2 108.1 15.0 180.7

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sep-16: The "What? No 'IR' blog report?" 204-km Perm

Less than 24 hours after completion of the ride, I got an e-mail from one JP (click for photo).
E-mail title, and I quote:  "no irreg blog?"
Text, and I quote:  "Looking for a post, dude?"
[The question mark after "dude" is JP's. 
The photo link?  That's the best photo I could find of JP + that I had permission to use.]

I responded:  "too tired today; maybe tomorrow."
Clearly I was too tired, because the CORRECT response would have been:
"Dude, it has been less than 24 hours; it took you 2 WEEKS to blog your last ride."

Friends - what are they good for?
NOT "absolutely nothin'".
I could go into how it came to be that my solo Kerr Lake Loop ride ended up being a ride on the Leesville-Leasburg-Leesville perm with four other guys.

But who would care to read that?
I don't even care to type it.
During my 6-mile ride to the start in the pre-sunrise conditions,
I noticed the HEAVY overcast, and thought
"Who Changed the Forecast?!"

The afternoon before, when I'd picked my kit,
The forecast was for low of 60, high in the mid-70's, maybe higher,
10% chance of showers in the AM; 20% chance in the PM.

Some damn fool had changed things to low of 60, high of 60+,
With 100% chance of some heavy rain in the AM.

I wasn't dressed for that.
I suspect JP would say that he wasn't dressed for the new conditions.
Byron, Ricochet & "Smiley" Bryan were.
Quite smug they were in their wool base layers and/or wool jerseys.
[I can't repeat what I told Byron 25-miles into the ride.]
During the pre-ride "festivities",
I noted that I was at a decided disadvantage given the day's crew,
They had all recently done a hilly 1200-km training ride, but I hadn't.

Oh, the unanimous howl -- "Training ride?"

[Unfortunately, the above link will disappear or change in a few months, 
But maybe the idea will live on.]
The sprinkles and rain started coincident with our start time -- 0700.
The temp was 58 F (according the thermometer built into my cycle confuser).

The sprinkles didn't last.
It changed to a downpour!

Swooping down the first decline on Victory Church Rd,
Wearing no goggles because it was so dark, and the lenses were dark, too,
I recalled a line from "Forest Gump":  "little bitty stinging rain".

I couldn't keep my eyes open because of the little bitty stinging rain.
I decided it would be better to put the dark-lensed goggles on,
Even if they fogged up (which they did),
Because at least I would be able to see more than I could see through closed eyelids.

Byron and Ricochet stopped to put saddle covers over their Brookses.
Byran tried to catch up to JP to inform him some or all of us had paused to adjust gear.
JP apparently thought it was a challenge for the county line.
Everyone that knows Jerry knows what happened next --
I'm not even going to type it.

I did think that it was INSANE for me to be doing this ride in the rain in inadequate clothing.
After all, I got my R-26 ride in two weeks earlier.

The four that had done that "training ride" -- they were R-hunting -- not me.
I didn't need this ride for R-purposes.
[That's a completely factual and honest statement.]

JP did.  This was his only chance to keep R-80-something alive.
Byron did.  This was his only chance to keep R-I-dunno alive.

Ricochet could probably ride later in the month;
But he wouldn't stop if Byron kept going.
Besides, Ricochet WANTED R-12.  NOW!

Bryan probably had one more chance later in the month,
But the weather next week could be worse -- one never knows.
Besides, Bryan had once done this course when the high was about 22 F.
[22 F may be nothing to those from further north; but it is quite something in central NC.]
JP was still at the 17-mile control when the rest of got there.
It was still 58 F, with intermittent showers.
We all left together -- more or less.
But JP was a quarter mile down the road before any of us had cleared the c'store.

We knew we would not see JP again.

At least that is what we thought, and said.
But funny thing:  we had a regrouping with Jerry before we got to Mt. Tirzah.

It seems a tree heard that JP, riding his 44/14 fixed gear, was coming its way,
And decided to use half of itself to bow down in homage.

Well, something like that.

As the four of us slow-pokes approached the kerfuffle on the road,
Complete with flashing blues,
I partially saw Jerry's bike lying in the ditch.

The road was completely blocked -- for cars.
You know it wouldn't block any randonneurs worth their salt.
I don't know what actually happened,
But it seems that as Jerry made his way around the road-blocking tree,
A car came skidding into and hit the already downed half-tree,
Reportedly scaring Jerry
It was still 58 F; but the showers seemed to be dissipating
Regrouped at Hollow Ridge Grocery atop Mt. Tirzah.
I think we left there more-or-less together,
But we waved so-long to Jerry, surely for the last time.
It was still 58 F.
Some of the terrain between Mt. Tirzah and Hurdle Mills,
And again from Hurdle Mills to Leasburg,
Is good for me.

But a lot of it suited Byron, Ricochet & Smiley much better.
1200-km training ride for them or not.

Byron noticed that he needed to swap out his front tyre with the spare he was carrying.
He'd do that at the turn-around control in Leasburg.

I was surprised to find JP still at the Leasburg Grocery.
He was eating quite a feast.

I was even more surprised when I realized I was in-line inside the Grocery,
And the clock on the wall indicated 11:39.
Fastest I'd ever gotten to Leasburg;
Regardless of whether I was struggling a lot, a bit, or if it had been a no-energy-cost ride.

JP left Leasburg about 11:50+.
That was the last time we saw him.

Smiley Bryan left by 11:55.
I left at 11:58.
Ricochet stayed with Byron through the tyre + tube changing,
And discovery by Bryon that his spare was nearly as bad as his original front tyre.
(Ricochet had a spare with him.)

It was still 58 F; but no longer raining.
It is my firm belief that Smiley can pull away from me any time he wants.
Fatigued or fresh.
Hills or flat.
He wouldn't have to pull away from me on mountains;
I go backward.

Despite Smiley Bryans superior speed capabilities,
I somehow managed to get within "hailing distance" at the bottom of the climb to Mt. Tirzah.
So ... I did the obvious thing:
I called out "Hail, hail !"
Never "hailed" anyone in my life, previously.
[It seemed humorous at the time.]

It had warmed up considerably.
All the way to 60 F.
Bryan and I each took about 20 minutes at Hollow Ridge atop Mt. Tirzah.
Byron and Ricochet arrived after we'd been there probably about 10 or 12 minutes.

I noted that it was 1400 spot-on when Bryan and I left.
Sub-10-hours a not-to-be-thought-about possibility.

Surprise for me.
I'm telling Byran some story, and he's fallen way back.
He claims he rides more slowly than I realize (after a sometimes fast start),
But it may well have been that he was bored by my story.

A somewhat interesting thing happened just before Bryan and I reached Red Mtn crossroads.
But I'm not going to type about the woman who ran her car off the road.
Except to note that I was VERY glad she did it into the ditch opposite.

Bryan dropped me off his front again on Red Mtn Rd or Hampton Rd.
I enjoyed the spin along Bahama Rd, past Mt. Tabor,
DOWN to Lake Michie, and UP the opposite bank into Bahama.
My cycle confuser rolled 100.00 miles at the turn onto Stagville Rd.

I'm always surprised that there are some incline sections on that DOWN of Stagville Rd.
One might think that I could have remembered the inclines this time.
After all, I had ridden this same road in this same direction only three days prior.

Perhaps it was on Old-75 between Stagville and Red Mill roads
That I realized that a sub-10-hour tour was a real possibility.
That was still too early to "work" at it, though.
I'd proven to myself two weeks earlier that just stay in cadence
Is faster for me, and costs no energy, than 'working it".

I arrived at the Red Mill control at 1528 (card signed at 1530).
Then I made a mistake:
I tried to use the mostly-useless hand-dryer in the washroom
To dry my hands after washing them after taking a pee in said washroom.

Took nearly five minutes to get my hands dry.
I don't know why I was so concerned about getting them completely dry;
My gloves were still soaked from earlier in the day.

Bryan arrived while I was trying to dry my hands.
Ricochet and Bryon arrived just before I left the control at 1540.

It was all of 62 F.

[One winter riding lesson recalled:  due not trust c'store blow-dryers to get your hand dry. 
More often than not, you'll leave with wet hands, and 
Instantly have "frozen hands" when you re-mount and ride.]
Sub-10 a possibility.
I want sub-10.
I WANT sub-10.

Don't push!
Save it for Kemp / Victory Church Road.
SAVE it for Boxelder!

I didn't push.
I had plenty of legs for Kemp / Victory Church.
Probably the best I've ever done on those roads / climbs when nearing the end of Triple-L.
[Recalling my many "time-trials" may have helped a bit on Kemp.]

Now, for the road that adds insult to injuries usually inflicted by Kemp / Victory Church.
I danced up that sucker!
Not fast by any stretch of the imagination.
But I danced easily up that sucker, standing out-of-the-saddle.
First time ever.
[I didn't tell anyone about that happy event -- until now.]

Ray Rd.  Howard Rd.  The finish.
Card signed.
Did I make it sub-10?
You guess.
Permanent Route NameDistanceDateFinishersDNF
NC: Leesville-Leasburg-Leesville (L-L-L)2042012/09/1650
Cert#RUSA#NameClub / ACP CodeTime
RUSA-T266743525P__, JerryNorth Carolina Bicycle Club / 93304509:00
RUSA-T266756628B__, Robert DRandonneurs USA / 93309510:05
RUSA-T26676621M__, Byron ENorth Carolina Bicycle Club / 93304510:05
RUSA-T266776218S__, J MartinRandonneurs USA / 93309509:54
RUSA-T266785746R__, BryanNorth Carolina Bicycle Club / 93304510:05

Btw, it was 62 F.
Congratulations to Ricochet Robert on attaining his R-12!
It was quite an odyssey.

[Message to Robert:  I thought my count would never get to 12; it seemed to take forever.  It is my opinion that the continuing count has been easier and seems to have taken less time.  Our friend Biker Bob may disagree on that.]


--> Triple-L 204-km perm --> ; 140.6 m.; 9h26 in-motion; 14.9 mph; Triple-L in 8h28 in-motion (see above for elapsed clock time).

Q-1 tot: _22 rides; 1,610.3 m.; 108h42; 14.8 mph; 1947 RUSA kms
Q-2 tot: _29 rides; 2,711.5 m.; 182h48; 14.8 mph; 2700 RUSA kms
J-A tot: _19 rides; 1,591.9 m.; 105h29; 15.1 mph; 1599 RUSA kms
Sep tot: __8 rides; __802.6 m.; _44h04; 14.8 mph; _717 RUSA kms.  
YTD tot: _78 rides; 6,716.3 m.; 451h02; 14.9 mph; 6963 RUSA kms