Oh gosh, -10°C sounds awful right now.
I got real lucky this weekend and didn't have any rain, but did break quite the sweat on my way out of Tampa on Sunday. I really could not wait until I was out of the city area and away from a street layout that had stop lights every quarter mile.
I know most of you are experienced riders, but like I said, this was first trip longer than an hour.
Some things I learned:
- Riding with a decently loaded backpack gets pretty strenuous after an hour. Even with the chest buckle my neck began killing me no matter the angle of my shoulders/arms.
- Other bikers always seem to be going the opposite way. Not sure why, but I probably waived to other riders at least 50 times and was the only bike on my side of the road for 98% of the trip both ways.
- County/State roads may take a bit longer to travel, but the view of the landscape and variety of curves definitely make up for it extra time.
- Lastly, the interstate is **** terrifying. I really wanted to get back home, so once I got out of the city I decided to head to I-75. Knew it would be a good couple hours at 70mph (120km/h) until I'd exit but **** if I didn't make it passed the second exit before deciding to get myself the **** out of there. Didn't have much of a problem with the traffic, but the condition of the lanes was terrible. No pot holes, but it seemed like every 500 meters the lane I would be in would suddenly be missing the very top layer of asphalt and I could feel the tires shifting around on the grooves of the road. At one point I tried to move on over to the next lane, but had to pop up over near 2-3 inches of asphalt, which gave me a nice little wobble. To heck with that. Took the next exit and ended up turning onto the first highway heading north. Turned out to be a real popular one too for it's curves.