|Saying hi to our Virtus teammates who skipped our ride but were suffering in their own way.|
"No, did you?"
"Umm, nope. Let me see if I can pull it up on my phone..."
We definitely need a grown-up with us to take care of the details.
Bob was able to pull the route up on his phone, and once we were geared up we started the ride by immediately missing a turn and riding some extra distance. Or by "Intentionally Tacking on Extra Distance Because We Take Our Training Seriously". Either thing is possible.
Eventually we righted ourselves and doubled back to find our road, and the pavement quickly gave way to fresh, loose gravel and several (thankfully friendly) dogs. After a bit the gravel smoothed out and we encountered this cool bridge.
|My bike has been sitting for two weeks, so it was really happy to be outside again.|
|Pretty fancy driveway!|
|Nice view after leaving the conservation area.|
A little connecting piece of the Katy Trail was probably my least favorite part of the ride. Thanks to the recent damp conditions, the trails was soft and our pedaling felt sluggish. I was very happy to see the bridge over Massas/Massie Creek.
|On Bob's side of the bridge the sign read "Massas Creek". I guess if there's a question about what the creek is actually named that's one way to make everybody happy!|
|Checking water depth|
|Riding through the valley|
|Which side to take...|
Bob unsurprisingly made it across without incident, but I didn't make it far before having to put a foot down. My cycling boots are plenty waterproof when dealing with spray from riding through water, but not so much when submerged. Some water leaked in through the zipper, but at least I stayed drier than I would have in my regular bike shoes and the boots still prevented wind from chilling my wet feet. I had known wet feet were a distinct possibility, so I'd worn wool socks and we'd flipped the route so that the majority of creek crossings were towards the end. Just a few miles were left until dry socks...no problem.
|Some of the rock walls along the way showed the frosty temps|
|Route and elevation profile.|
We had an awesome ride, and hopefully we'll manage to drag the rest of the crew out there to check it out. I still have ambitions of linking Massas Creek Rd. and Lost Creek Rd. for an epic creek ride, but in all honesty that's probably only going to happen if somebody else plans it. And, you know, brings along the directions too.