The question is, “If I try to give you my point of view during a reconn ride, would you help me evaluate the route for suitability?”
“Suitability for what?” you might ask. Good question. Especially, since I suspect that some of you might have already PEDALED this route.
This route is basically the Second Annual Fall Finale Forty-Mile Country Path Ramble without the Rosston spur. So it’s the 36 mile loop without the 4.5 mile out-and-back spur to the general store. Those of you that participated in the Ramble last December have done this route, but not in the summer…which transitions us back to the suitability question.
It didn’t take me long this morning to realize that it is summer out there. Now that Memorial Day weekend is here, triple digit temperatures are almost upon us. That means old curmudgeons like myself seek adventure at times more pleasant…like in the dark. So the question is whether this route is suitable for a group ride in the darkness.
As originally conceived, the plan would be to leave my house at 8:30pm on a Friday night and return sometime after midnight. I was thinking of naming it the Midnight Ramble. Mrs. Pondero argued against that plan, mentioning the combination of things like kids, pickup trucks, and alcohol. So maybe I’ll consider an extremely early start. Maybe it’ll be the Sunrise Ramble. Maybe it would include a dawn coffee brew stop. Either way, the question is, “Would this route be suitable for a mostly darkness shrouded gravel grinder?”
The following photos should give you some sense of what I enjoyed this morning…
There are no “city lights” out here on these gravel roads. I expect some of these areas will be just a little spooky. That, of course, has nothing to do with me trying to get someone to join me for this adventure. Let’s just say I like to share the fun.
I think the idea has some merit, but the real question is whether others agree. Because I’m not afraid, and I could go out wandering around in the darkness all by myself, but you know, that would just be selfish of me.