35.78 Miles 04/02/11
I decided to drive to Aurora and ride the Fox River Trail today. It was the site of my first ever metric century (100km) last year and I had read that the spot where the trail was closed last year due to bridge construction was now open. I had not ruled out doing another metric, even though it wasn't the best conditions and it's early in the season.
Well, the area where it was closed last year is indeed open (yay!) but sadly it was closed about 3 miles later in South Elgin. Last year I patched together a ride to ensure I got 62 miles, which ended up being hell- I almost got hit by a car ignoring the crosswalk, got a bee sting for the first time in 20 years, got coated in mud on a flooded trail, and left my debit card at a coffee shop. Today, 18 miles in, with the sunny forecast being pretty cloudy (which meant cool), and the NW winds really picking up, I decided I wasn't going to do the same today, so I turned around. I'm glad I did - by the time I got back to my truck I'm not sure I had another 26 miles left in me. I probably had another 10, but I was starving so I ended it at almost 36 and got my ass to Jimmy John's for lunch.
Today also marked the first time I used the time lapse feature of my GoPro Hero 960, a sports-video camera I got at Costco late last year. This is one photo every 10 seconds played back at 5 frames per second. I'll write more about the Hero 960 in another post, but here's the video: