Destination: ONE MORE Dunkin Donuts
Date: Saturday, 11/16
Drink: Small Black Coffee.
Distance: 24ish mi.
The Ride: I rolled over twice this morning before I found the energy to get up. There were some showers overnight so the road was wet but nothing terrible. I still had the #5 route to run and given the contest deadline and my schedule today was the day. I wasn’t really feeling it, but I skipped breakfast to get back closer to schedule and rolled out only about 1/2 hour late. I started out with a little jog along Singer Rd. I picked up Atkisson and Stockton Rd. to run a few miles of Charm and Grace in reverse. I climbed up towards Mountain Rd. where my only option for shorting the ride presented itself. I was still in sleepy mode, but somehow found the strength to blow off the shortcut and go for the full route. I took Jerusalem Rd. south to Kingsville and looped back home via Sunshine Ave. Unbeknownst to me I’d be treated to several stretches of gravel and a few single lane bridges along the way. (not the gravel below, but a good representation of the quiet back-roads nonetheless)
I missed a turn and got lost on one of the gravel roads. The rains were just enough to muddy up the road and at one point I started to bog down. The rando was out of its element but pulled me through. Mud was putting on quite a show sloughing up and through the front fender top. There were quite a few tough ascents and descents to the route and I ended up with about 2k climbing for a 24 mile ride. The descents were all slow and controlled as I didn’t trust the roads any farther than I could throw them. I climbed back out of the valley and connected with MD152 for a few miles of easy, smooth, shoulder riding. I had a mental picture of the Dunkin Donuts I wanted to visit but it turned out to be a different one on a different corner for an extra 2 miles of riding. I ended up having to ride in a crappy part of rte. 1 for a couple hundred yards to get there so it definitely wasn’t worth it. What we’ll do for a cup of joe…
There was no actual donut purchased, I just liked naming the ride ‘donut interception’ as a nod to Bob’s pancake interception which I rode last week. I was getting deja-vu climbing quiet back roads on the second half. I sat down and relaxed for a few minutes while I drank my beverage. After I was finished, I bungied the coffee to the front bag and took off. The ride home was a little more trafficky than I thought it would be but there were no altercations–just more cars than I thought there’d be for back roads. That’s why I like early mornings so much…
Close to closing off the challenge, this ride was exactly what I started the coffeeneur for. It was a chance to get out, try some new roads and get acclimated to my new environment. Better late than never!