All Night Ride (Or Not.)
Posted Mon, June 28, 2010 - 8:18 PM
gnomehunters, advracing, biking
I skipped competing in the Tri-Loppet this year because I was going to join Rick, Brian, and Corey for the (now 2nd!) annual All Night Ride.
It doesn't get any prettier.
Start: Brian's house, South Minneapolis, 7:30 PM.
Turnaround: Somewhere near Hutchinson, McLeod County. 2:30 AM.
Finish: Bryant-Lake Bowl, Uptown. 9:30 AM. Breakfast and celebratory beer.
Distance: About 140 miles.
Chafing Factor: Severe.
Rick, Brian, and I started out on time, and rode down the parkway and around the chain of lakes up to the eastern terminus of the Luce Line extension. It was a bit more exciting than usual because there was a strong line of thunderstorms bearing down on the Twin Cities right about that time. As we crossed I-394 on Wirth Parkway, we could see a dark black storm to the WSW, with a disturbing amount of lightning on the horizon. The storms were blowing rain up out ahead of them, so we were fighting a little bit of wind and spit.