It had rained a little before we started the ride, and the streets were wet. As we progressed from city streets to farm-to-market roads lined with freshly plowed fields, the road got muddy. When the farmers work the fields, they use the roads to move their tractors from field to field. Of course, this brings a ton of dirt onto the road. Add light rain that doesn't wash the dirt from the asphalt, and you've got a really muddy, nasty ride. Here are some shots of my legs and bike after the ride.
From the Other Side...Dirty Too!
I'm not complaining about the rain or the mud. It's a normal condition, but this is about as bad as I've seen it. The pros have the same conditions sometime; it's just one of those things that makes cycling fun.
And lastly -- I felt great on this ride. The trainer rides are paying off. There were only 5 of us, so the rotations were short, yet we averaged 19 MPH over the 56 mile ride. I could have pushed harder and faster, but the group was in a good groove. Considering the mud, rain, and the size of the group, I'm pleased! Thanks to Raul, Rolando, John, and Jorge for a great ride. Sorry if I butchered any of your names.