My First Century

I can now say I’ve ridden a century (100 miles).  Michael and I rode the Siberian Summer Bicycle Tour yesterday.  They had several route options of different lengths, but we opted for the longest one.  The ride took us along some very scenic areas on mostly low-traffic roads through Perry County Indiana.

This ride did not have a mass start, but instead, registration began at 7:00, and you could leave when you were ready.  Michael and I left around 7:30.  There were some others that got an early start at about 6:30.  I was told only eight riders opted for the 100-mile route.

This was only Michael’s second century, but this one was hill.  His first was flat, so the ride was a challenge for both of us.

Michael and I are not fast riders.  There were probably plenty of other slow riders, but they didn’t choose the 100-mile route.  Luckily, the rest areas remained open until we passed through them.  It was a hot day, and we needed to refill our water bottles often.

We rode past Saddle Lake in Hoosier National Forest.  I was tempted at that point to jump in for a quick swim.

There was definitely some climbing involved but it usually led to a nice view.

Typical rural Indiana scenery

I could have used a Double Cola about then.

You have to love a place called Possum Junction.  Too bad they were closed.

Siberia, Cold in name, warm in heart

We saw several of these mini oil rigs

This reminded me of the Windows XP “Bliss” wallpaper

This was in St. Meinrad.

This is the covered bridge on Huffman Hill Road.  It’s no longer open, but is the site of a small park.

Michael and I were just about done with the ride at this point.  We were happy, but glad to be near the end. It’s a good thing it’s not a race.  We were the last two to finish the ride.

I think I recreated the route here. I may have taken a couple of wrong turns though.

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9 thoughts on “My First Century”

  1. Great ride report. You certainly did it justice. I haven’t even started on my report yet … and I’m not even sure where to begin.

    It was great riding with you again. Congrats on your first century!

  2. Come on Tim. You *can* ride. Maybe you don’t have time for an “epic” ride, but you have time for a ride.

    Take the Quickbeam out for a spin around town. Hell, take the Rans out to blow the cobwebs out.

  3. congrats! how did you get ridewithgps to output a simple picture of the route? or is it a screenshot

  4. Matt,
    Thanks!

    RideWithGPS has an “embed code” option under share. I used that. It’s not just an image, you can drag, zoom, and scroll. It’s pretty nifty.

  5. Congrats on the first century. Looks like a great ride! What type of GPS do you have? I’ve been on the fence about getting one for a long time for logging rides like you’re doing…

  6. Dave,
    I don’t have a GPS. I manually plotted the route after the fact on RideWithGPS. I do want a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx, but it’ll have to wait.

    It was a great ride. I was pretty sore on Sunday, but I feel fine today, and rode the bike to work.

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