Riding local, riding abroad. Doesn't matter. "One less car" bike commuting and "Bikes Belong" advocacy, plus "I ride solo" bicycle travel. Racing is fun, but there are so many equally great reasons to ride.
Hawkes Bay NZ Water trail
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Getting back via 970 into a full force headwind
I've decided to dig in and ride back on the high route. Usually I loop back south of I-90 through Thorpe, or even up and over the windmills. Today, its windmills on the northern mesa tops, via 970, with what I know will be a grand summit descent to Hwy 97. Any route back will be a battle into the winds. I flew out for the first 20 miles with a tailwind in low 50s. Now it's time to pay it back. I've had lunch, with good American-style chai. I'm taking half this excellent chocolate cake which I just can't finish, from the Yellow Church Cafe in E'burg, back with me. This is really the only justification for eating something like this. I expect I'll burn up the 700+ calories from this treat by trundling up and over. I was introduced to this place last month, during a Meetup hike up to the nearby Yakima skyline trail. My goal on any 40 mile ride like this one is calorie intake = calorie expenditure.