Tim called it “furly”, and it was. I got up at 4:00am, made breakfast and coffee, showered and was out the door at 5:30 to meet Tim and Patrick for a 50 or so mile road ride.
I was concerned about the weather. It was quite cool, but not quite cool enough for long-sleeves. There was a chance of rain, which would make it cooler. I wore shorts and short sleeves and brought a long-sleeve compression shirt with me. Although it did start raining, I never felt cold enough to change.
We met near the intersection of Bardstown Rd and Douglass Blvd, known as “The Loop”. We had planned to meet at 6:00, but were underway by 5:45.
Tim planned an urban route that would still get some climbing in. We headed west, then south and looped around in Iroquois Park. We stopped for bathroom/water break before leaving the park. I ate a peanut butter sandwich while waiting.
We headed back north, through Old Louisville and downtown. We shared River Rd with runners (there was a race of some sort going on). We stayed out of the way.
We cut up through the Mockingbird Valley area, then over to Indian Hills where we did some more looping, just to ride the hills more than once.
Then back to River Rd and out to Wolf Pen Branch and Barbour Ln. We took some neighborhood streets and were near Patrick’s house, so he headed home to take care of family duties.
Tim and I headed west on Westport and into St. Matthews where we stopped at a bakery for some much needed carbs.
We continued through Seneca Park and to The Loop and had breakfast and Twig & Leaf. There was an LBC group having breakfast there because they cancelled their ride due to rain. Tim and discussed riding a little extra to get 62 miles (100 kilometers) to have a metric century.
We each headed home from there. I took a roundabout way to Sunergos Coffee and enjoyed a good cup. I then took a wandering route home. My bike computer said 62.3 miles, which is just over 100 km. It wasn’t even noon yet. That’s a pretty good start for the day.