Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Miracle Mile

Made the trek to the section of B Road, but it almost didn't happen. We woke up to about a half inch of wet snow here in Boone, so I immediately dropped my expectations of riding 14 miles each way to hit one mile of B Road to about a 10 % chance. Thinking that even after getting there the road would be too soft to ride. Well, after I got Marshall and Mitchell dropped off at school I drove to the nearest gravel to "interpret" the sitch. Much to my delight it looked like pretty good conditions. Snow was good and firm, gravel under it was a mix of sand and snow. Got back home, geared up, brewed up some java, and headed out on the Miller fixed gear. Along the way I found that the temps were slowly creeping up and some of the snow was disappearing from the road bed. Line selection was a no-brainer, although the opposite of what I thought it should be. I thought that the wheel track would be the way to go, but it was actually way too soft. The un-tracked snow was faster and firmer.
Now I have seen a lot of pics of B Roads, especially on Guitar Ted's blog, but "MY" B Road, The Miracle Mile, is not like any of the others. I didn't see a single stone larger than a peanut M&M. In fact, most of the surface is like a fine grained pea gravel. It was completely rideable. Someone had ridden a horse down it earlier in the morning, and there were a few tire tracks in the black dirt, but it was rather like a carpeted hallway of gravel. No massive mud wallows, no man eating ruts, no wheel eating clay. Actually, once things warm up around this joint, if ever, this will be a favorite ride for sure. There is a creek running alongside the road for about 3/4 of the mile, and plenty of snake grass to luxuriate in come 90 degrees.
Want to know the best news? I asked Kelli to send a Facebook message to a friend of ours who works for the county, Mr. Bob Matt, and he sent me a link for ALL of the B Roads in Boone County! Turns out there are 9 miles I never knew about. Guess what targets I'm mapping out:) Why the new found love of Bs? I don't know, but if it gets me out there it must be good. Thanks Bob!
Camera had about half battery charge upon the start, but the cold sucked the life out of it, so after about three minutes of pressing it between my palms I got only one shot. The Miracle Mile!


MrDaveyGie said...

I have to admit, I've slipped my camera inside my biking shorts to get another shot. That just ain't right. :-)

Travel Gravel said...

It's good as long as you clean the lens before the shot so you don't get a floating curly-q in there.

MrDaveyGie said...

ha ha ha ha ha, no further commentary needed. :-)

Matthew Moggridge said...

Hey Gravelo, Send me your email address as I'm putting my blog on invitees only for a while and you won't be able to access it. My address is matthew.moggridge@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks. Hope all's well over there in Boone, Iowa.