This route could be a RUSA "perm pop" so it needs a name. I decided I'd better get the climbing in early as I never get it in at the end. Lewisburg Saddle - Soap Creek - Berry Creek - Airlie - Elkins. When I go to Helmick I had a decision. The strong north wind was tempting and I initially turned south, but I had a hankering for some espresso which I knew would do wonders for my morale, so it was on to Java Crew in Monmouth. They also had a nice penut butter energy bar. I sat on a bench in the shade to enjoy. It wasn't at all hot yet, in fact it barely got over 80 al day.
I continued north through WOU to whatever that road is that cuts over to Independence. By now the north wind was howling so it was good not to be riding into it anymore. The sidewind was bad enough. My back was hurting so I stopped at Independence park and did some stretches. That helped. I filled my water bottles and headed over the bridge to the WVSB and headed south on RIver Road. Now I really had the wind at my back which really helped on the hills. Took the ferry and another break at BV park before the final stretch home.
Woke up at 3 am. Went for a ride to try out my new Sinewave Beacon light. Very nice bright symmetrical beam. Not much output below 5mph. May need to use a battery when climbing in the woods at night.
Short ride to meet Adinah and kids at the arboretum.
Cool cloudy morning. Bad truck traffic forced me to take Oak Grove and Scenic. Really didn’t need the hills so early in the ride. Took the ferry and WVSB through Ankeny refuge. Long way around Independence and Monmouth. Was going to go out Airlie to Berry Creek but my legs were dead and there were big dust clouds from the combines out that way, so back on 99 with a loop around old Adair.
Up Oak Creek down 612 to Lewisburg road and some other hilly roads.
Days are hot now Jackson Creek gets the morning sun. From the Oak Creek side it was nice and shady all the way up
Mountain View - Overlook - Hood View. Then out to Independence road and a loop through EE Wilson Refuge. Back Pettibone.
Up Jackson Creek. Down Sulfur Springs and out to the 700 gate. Back Soap Creek, Tampico, and 99w.
Afternoon ride to water the garden. Windy.