|Recumbent Seat's View|
With a couple days recovery from the Flat Fourth Fiasco I found myself back in the saddle or should I say recumbent seat. I woke up early with the hopes of beating the heat and getting a nice road ride in the log but it was already 90 degrees when I left the driveway. Even though it was sweltering I felt like hills so I pointed my cranks to the east and started off on one of my favorite local circuits -The Clear Fork Loop.
Since I've made this ride sort of an annual feature on the blog I chose today for this years installment. That's the reason for the "3" in the title. After leaving the outskirts of town I must cross a few miles of flat lands before the hills come into view. This leg of the journey was uneventful until these two characters came out to the road to greet me. I saw right away I couldn't outrun them so I stopped and made friends. The big guy was laid back and friendly but little blackie had an attitude. The little ones always do.
Here's a rare self portrait of me at the base of Orweiler Hill. Soon I would be cranking up that hill in first gear moving at a whopping 3 mph. To climb on a recumbent requires a triple crank with a granny gear. Contrary to what you might have heard climbing on a recumbent is very possible. Smart gearing choices and in my opinion a hard shell seat to push against are the recipe for success. I love climbing and have never had a problem on the bent.
As I travelled along the route I watched the temperature indicator on my cycle-computer climb from 90 to 00. It only has two digits in the readout so it was not able to read the full 100. I saw it fluctuate as high as 07 and it sure felt like it. One of the bicycle's great attributes is it's ability to keep it's rider cool as a side effect of locomotion. No matter what the air temperature is if I keep moving I generally feel pretty good. Stopping or slow climbs are another story altogether.
I noticed a little colorful symbol painted on the road as I climbed up out of the valley to the south. It looked like an Italian flag and probably was as I was just around the corner from the famous Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
A few revolutions further up the road I spotted this rusty horse shoe. I'm not a superstitious guy but with my recent run of bad luck you can be sure I picked up this talisman.
As soon as I got home I tacked up the horseshoe above my workbench. The open end goes at the top -to catch the good luck. The shoe still had a few square nails so I straightened them out and reused them.
Clear Fork Loop
Distance: 28.16 miles
Ride Time: 2:20:00
Average Speed: 12.0 mph
Max Speed: 32.7 mph
More great photos from previous rides on this loop:http://kd8jhj.blogspot.com/2011/05/clear-fork-loop.html