We're celebrating Ramble eve here at the Pondero homestead. Why? Because it looks like the conditions are going to be perfect.
After several days of long range weather forecasts of cold, or rain, or cold rain...and after 3-4 days of cloudy, gloomy, drizzly rain, and about an inch of rain yesterday, the skies are clearing nicely tonight. Cheerful sunshine is expected for tomorrow. Perfect.
Temperature expected at the 10am (that means rollout, folks, not just pulling into my driveway) start is 40 degrees. The high temperature should be about 55. Perfect.
The wind is going to be light and variable. Perfect.
It was a maddening work week. I haven't been on the bike since last weekend. I guess that means I'm starving for the bike...and I'm not "over trained". Perfect.
Yeah, it rained earlier this week. You might be wondering if this year's Ramble will be a mud fest. Actually, no, it will not. The beautiful and fabulous Mrs. Pondero, the eager son-in-law, and the bored, yet patient daughter took the truck (while I was earning a living) and conducted last minute reconn. They reported a few puddles, lot's of easy-to-ride gravel, and a little mud to make it interesting. I'd say that's...perfect.
So, who's in?
I could not talk my mom into it and Buddy is not back from the shop.ReplyDelete
Steve, can't that commuter do anything? I totally get the family constraint, but I think that blue bike could do the job.ReplyDelete
Armadillos are not good gravel tires and I have concluded the blue bike needs some TLC of its own. Including some updating. I think I've been grinding these beasts into the ground. The one solid bike is the road bike and I DO have a brand new set of 28c Contis, but I think it'll rub. My mom is out at the moment so I may see if I can do a quick trial fitting. Fenders are for sissies anyway!ReplyDelete
Some of the crew from F.A.G. Cyclist will be there - looking forward to a great ride.ReplyDelete
See you in the morning. Sleep tight.ReplyDelete
Have a great ride!ReplyDelete
Bike's loaded and clothes are stacked up. Hmmm, how many layers?ReplyDelete
As I write this, the ramble is, no doubt, well under way. Sounds like you'll have a good turn out. It does look like the perfect day for a gravel ramble. I'm feeling kind of envious. Hope to read a full report with lots of photos. Have fun!ReplyDelete
Wish I could make it to one of these. Oh, well, maybe next year...ReplyDelete
Jon, I would love to be able to meet you at a Ramble someday. In the meantime, here are pics of this year's Ramble. I will be writing a post shortly.ReplyDelete
waiting for a report...ReplyDelete
Until Chris gets his report up, here's my version of events.ReplyDelete
Great report, Doohickie, I'd like to finish my account, but am back in Austin working weird hours. Maybe this weekend...ReplyDelete
Nice report Doohickie - thank you for sharing. FYI - we did not miss the last turn, we had a different route (further east) that we used to get back - more scenic on Cash Mills. More Photos HereReplyDelete
Thanks again Chris for a great ride!
I was out of gas at that point. I needed the shortest way home!ReplyDelete