21.81 Miles 02/19/11
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The high-50s warmth that had melted the blizzard snow away had gone, but that didn't matter. It had done it's job of removing all the snow. Additionally. I had just picked up my bike from Performance the day before, where it got a tune-up, clean&lube, a new chain, new handlebar tape, and the cyclocross brake levers removed. I prefer to use the standard brakes in the drops and decided it was a good time to have them removed.
Saturday was forecast to have a high near 40 with sunny skies and light winds. I started my ride at about 9:30 and it was more like 30. Still, having ridden in temps down to the teens early last month, it wasn't too bad. I decided to wait for some more rain to wash off road salt and opted to do the Rock Run/Joliet Junction paved trail. It is listed as an 18 mile loop, but about 4 of that is on the I&M Canal Trail which is crushed limestone and in no way ready to ride on this early in the year. So I parked by the college and headed the long way around with plans to turn around at the limestone and come back.
It took a bit to get going, and having to stop at a bunch of intersections isn't all that fun (not to mention killing my average speed), but it was good to get out and ride OUTSIDE. I only made it a little over 10 miles before the trail ended up covered with snow and ice for as far as I could see, so I turned around. I wasn't going to chance it, since the one patch of ice I slowly rolled over at mile 6 almost had me end up on my ass.
Some mixed precipitation is expected tonight/tomorrow and then it's supposed to get in the 40s again later in the week so I'll hopefully get out again soon.