I have been struggling with my eating habits today. I blame it on the summer heat. Honestly. I didn't head to the gym after school today as I usually do, only because I knew I was going to join the group tonight for a ride. When I got home, I looked in my fridge and nothing sounded good. Finally, after staring in my fridge and cupboards for a while, I opted for scrambled eggs. I attempted to make an english muffin with the egs but found the last one left to be moldy. Scrambled eggs alone it was. I Just wasn't that hungry today. Maybe my stomach is shrinking? I still blame part of it on the heat.
It was about 83 degrees when our group met up shortly after 6 this evening for our ride. The UV index was only at a 3 (out of 10). Don't worry, I still applied the sunscreen! We had a nice turnout... 6 guys and 3 girls (including myself). We took a different route from any other of our rides; wanting to head south and then east, riding into the 10-15 mph wind, with the idea that when we would head north and back west it would be smooth sailing.
When heading south it was hard work. The wind was so strong, but I was able to keep up with the front of the group, averaging 14-16 mph on the bike. When we started heading east, the wind wasn't as bad but was still present, especially as soon as we reached the county road heading into MN. The beautiful green fields were enough to distract one from the wind.
We headed north through Moorhead and were going to attempt riding through Lindenwood Park. Getting there seemed to be quite a challenge. A few of the neighborhoods were re-doing their roads and we had to re-route a couple times, and then got to another street that was being re-done as well. We were determined to get to that park. Finally, at one point, we ended up getting off our bikes, walking along the side of a couple yards, crossing the dirt covered road, and then got back on the saddle. We were a bit dirty and muddy, but from there it was smooth sailing. The park was beautiful and the sun was starting to drop in the west. It was a great ride overall... a little challenge thrown into some great scenery!
OCN: 18 miles, 1:28:00, 12.27mph