|Trace The Mitten|
During today's ride I learned something and I remembered some previous lessons.
Today I rode the Polly Ann Trail, a rail trail topped mainly with crushed limestone. and some areas are dirt . Our recent severe rains may have some areas slippery or loose grave/sand.l I had not rode this path since last summer and I remembered that the mountain bike would be the best. The wider tires proved effective . I had forgotten about the horse riders that often use the trail and luckily I was able to avoid horse piles.
When I ride 25 miles on dirt and rocks it takes more effort than riding thin tires on pavement. Today took more effort than I expected.
This ride was going to be the longest ride on the mountain bike and I would not use my touring seats. I decided to take my slip on gel seat for added comfort. After about 4 miles I stopped to take the gel cover off and kept it in my pack for the rest of the ride. That gel cover mad the seat too wide and shifted frequently and made my effort less efficient. I will leave the gel seat cover at home next time.
When I took off the seat cover I also moved the seat forward. I was sitting too far back and I was stretching too far to the handlebar. Both adjustments made the ride more comfortable.
My riding posture on a mountain bike is different than my tour bike. When I ride my mountain bike I get out of the saddle more than my rides on the touring bike. By the end of ride my back ached from staying in one position. It would have helped today if I stood up occasionally.
The first time I rode this trail years ago I needed to stop and use the vault toilets at one of the parking areas and the toilet paper was gone. Since that trip I have always packed some TP. Good thing today because they were out again.
I did not bring enough snacks. I ate my snacks on the drive over. My Nunn hydration drink is sugarless and I was running out of gas. Three miles from the end I stopped for an ice cream cone. I felt the immediate boost.
Be ready to be schooled anytime you ride.
Today's lessons: 1. bring enough snacks 2. bring toilet paper 3. know your bike 4. be prepared for the possible road conditions.