|Can you see my detours? There's more than one!|
|I went looking for hills and I found them!|
Just south of town, I saw a sign "Road Construction Next 10 Miles." Oh no, I need this road for at least 8 miles. The road wasn't closed, but it was milled, which is very rough pavement. I tried to ride it and I couldn't. I stopped and called John.
"Please tell me you can find me a paved detour."
"Um, it's gravel in all directions. Sorry Sweetie. Do you want me to come and get you?"
"No, I'll tough it out."
I rode on the rough pavement about 2 miles until I found a side road that was paved. The rough pavement seriously hurt my hands, arms, legs, and butt. 12 mph was the best I could do. I was so glad to see smooth pavement. I was feeling good until that point and after the rough pavement, everything just fell apart. Then, two miles later that pavement turned to gravel. Shit.
Now I'm several miles off the nearest "paved" road, which isn't much help anyway. My aero bottle developed a crack on the rough pavement and I lost all my water. I'm somewhere around 55 miles in this day, I'm down to one bottle, and I hurt. I was on the verge of tears. The only option was to head south on the gravel road and hope I hit pavement soon.
So south I rode. I couldn't use my aero bars and couldn't go over 15 mph without losing control. I did another 2-3 miles on gravel (on a tri-bike) and finally hit pavement. Thank God. I headed back toward Kill Creek Park.
But my bad luck wasn't over yet. On one of the last big uphills, a car that had passed me and was clearly lost, decided to come to a stop in the middle of the uphill.
"You stupid piece of @(*$^(*ing $#@)(!!!" I wasn't happy and too tired to have to re-start on a steep uphill. I just wanted to get back to my car.
I made it back and finished 62.5 miles in 3:30. I'm hoping that I used up all of my negative karma on this ride so everything goes smoothly at Austin. It actually would have been a nice ride if not for the milled pavement. But on the bright side, my legs still felt fresh over 40 miles in. I'm still feeling good about Austin.