Ben and I got out for roughly 65 miles of gravel yesterday, some of the roadways rock hard, others soft where the sand is bubbling up through the top, compressed crust. In the valleys where the road hugs the north facing banks, there is still soft, weepy mud waiting for more heat and more sunshine.
Barely 50 degrees and fairly windy, riding was definitely more pleasant in the bottom areas than it was up on top riding into the wind. Late afternoon, the clouds started moving in, more than compensating for the few degrees of daytime warmth that we'd gained to make a net loss in comfort level, at least for me. I had geared up for an optimistic 50 plus a few and that never happened.
Still, it was good to get out and give both of the little backroad bikes their rein. Where the crushed rock hadn't been pounded into solid, the gravel was very Spring-loose and we both needed to watch ourselves. With the frost still leaving the ground we'd frequently come upon a very deep, loose heavily rutted section so our attention to conditions made even more sense than usual.
We stopped at a gas-n-go in the neighborhood for something to drink (mine was hot) and to soak up some sunshine without the chilling of wind.
Two bikes are in the shop this week, one waiting for a tire, the other waiting for a speedometer repair. Soon they all should be motorable......at least for awhile and hopefully all season.