Ari and I have found the new training grounds for our Trans Iowa race. We took the SS 29'ers out to beat our legs up this Sunday. Had a great conversation as usual and had no plan in mind other than a long ride. We turned onto the first gravel road an literally saw a wall of a hill. I had to walk while ari had a lower gear and managed to spin up the hill. Instantly the legs felt the burn and we were cooking. I was nothing but smiles as I love the riding and the geography of Iowa. There is no better place to ride some beautiful midwest gravel. I am in love with Iowa. We hit downhills of over 40 mph on the single speeds and uphills that were over a mile long and took longer than 10 minutes to climb. We had lunch in a scenic river town and then headed back on the gravel. Our minds and conversation varied throughout the day but we spoke of gear changes for the upcoming TI and everything else associated with the race. A killer B-road was discovered and several were attempted but ended up hiking through cornfields. We were living "Adventure by bike" on our Salsa single speeds. Not just a moto...a lifestyle. We cruised back and our legs were totally cooked for the day. We ended with 80 miles of single speed gravel goodness and were gone the normal hours someone would work a job. This was my best ride of the summer by far. The Slender Fungus is in full effect and don't even think we were going to stop. Next training ride #3 is planned for October, sack up and get ready.
- Cookie, SFCA