|Nice warm evening, looking out over Nelson|
|Sweet paceline of girls led by Heidi Widmer|
|I am not a photographic genius while climbing but this catches the idea of the scenery|
Anyone reading who has done any long haul biking, running, hiking, skiing, ect can probably relate to what I would describe the rollercoaster ride of energies and emotions one experiences during such session. Less than two hours into the ride I was already wondering whether I'd ever be able to move my neck again once finished biking for the day and by 3 hours and less than halfway around the loop I began to wonder if this had really been a good idea at all. Thankfully, before starting the ride I had made a plan that I would pretend to be Jens Voigt for the day (my personal favorite road cyclist) so I simply thought "Shut up neck! Legs, do as I say!" and continued on. I had a big dip in energy around hour 3 but bounced back to have my best section of riding between hours 3.5 and 5, funny how that goes sometimes. Around hour 5 I began to feel as if I had had a few glasses of wine and contemplated riding my bike off the road so I could just lay in some grass for the rest of the day. Luckily we passed by a good car farm around this time and I was distracted enough by its awesomeness to lose my train of thought as to whether I should go for the grass or keep riding. For those who don't know, a car farm is simply a nice piece of grassy land used as a hangout for old, rusty, abandoned cars, see photo later on for a visual.
|cruising and committing a major bike fashion faux-pas to avoid tan lines.|
|One of a few good car farms spotted on the ride|
|Visited a neat glass-blowing studio/shop open late in the evening|