Riding through the cornfields……

Am off the bike for a few weeks, due to work commitments in the USA. (or so I thought). The problem with coming to the USA is I can’t resist all the bad stuff, burgers and fries are my weakness. I pile on a load of weight and it never goes. Luck has it I have sourced a loaner bike which means I can get a few miles in rather than spending the time eating.

With some local knowledge in hand, head down to the farmland areas south of Indianapolis. Now there is not a lot down here, plenty of cornfields and a few homesteads not a lot more. Dialed up a route on the GPS and off we go.

This is very different terrain to Surrey, long straight sections of road all on a grid pattern. You are basically riding North, South, East or West with a field on either side. Lucky the wind was very low otherwise you could be banging your head against an onslaught in this wide open country..

Sunset Ride

Sunset Ride

The Open Road

The Open Road

It was a great ride, timed to perfection as the sun went down just as it came to an end.

Highlights were……

  • The cornfields
  • The crazy dogs that charge out of the farms and force you to speed up or lose an ankle. (great motivation)
  • The lack of traffic (only saw  1 tractor) – it was the size of a house of course and you could cycle between the wheels.
  • Riding into the sunset.

Tour de Forest / Grassina

Well things are coming on…
Did a couple of nice long rides down in the New Forest which is one of the best places to explore on a bike. The 1st ride I did down there was 64km which would not have been too bad apart from the Wind was running at gusts of 70mph. This was not too bad in one direction, but the last 20km was a gruelling slog, hunched over the bike in 1st gear on the flat. Thank goodness the roads were quiet as the bike was all over the place. Not the longest ride this year, but definitely the most taxing.

I repeated the ride with some extra distance a few days later. 86km

Even better my Italian Cycling chum sent me some new kit from his Florentine cycling club. So as soon as the weather was warm enough, that got an airing. (very Team Tinkoff)

Tour de Grassina

Tour de Grassina

Tour de Forest (part 1)

Tour de Forest (part 1)

Tour de forest part 2

Tour de Forest (part 2)