MMR road south of Lincoln
Well, the title of the post tells the tale of the riding situation in Lincoln right now. With the lack of sunshine (saw a glimmer of sun today for the first time in two weeks) and the incessant fog and 100% humidity coupled with a few days of modest rainfall and temperatures above freezing, the gravel roads around Lincoln, and probably Eastern Nebraska for that matter, are un-frickin'-rideable. I made a foolish attempt to hit some gravel North of town on Wednesday evening and got so bogged down in the soupy mess I had to get off and push up a few climbs. Not fun.
So, without any other choice, a group headed out today for some road miles on cross bikes. The wind was brisk and the shoulder was wet and gritty. Lot's of pee gravel and crap on the shoulder which is great for drive trains! Fenders were a great idea, but still didn't keep you dry with all the melt from the snow banks.
Rural Hwy into Adams, Nebraska
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good road ride, but this time of year I really look forward to the gravel. The gravel roads offer so many different routes to get to a destination. The road is a different story. It doesn't seem as adventurous or as scenic.
Cheesy pose time!
Troy and I broke from the group and ventured to Cortland via Hwy 77, and then on past Adams and up to Bennett before heading back to town via Hwy 2.
I ended up riding the SS cross bike today and spun my arss off keeping up with Troy cuz my geared cross bike is out of commission again due to a cracked crank. This is the second time in less than a year a FSA Energy drive train side crankarm has cracked on me. I noticed the crack last week while cleaning up after a ride. This crank is a brand new warranty crank after my first one cracked. This crank only lasted about 1,000 miles. The crack is in the same exact place on both sides of the crank where the crankarm meets the spider, just like the crack on my previous set. If you own a FSA Energy crank, take a close look at your crankset.
More gritty road miles for tomorrow! Probably head up to Valpo. Time is yet to be determined.