If you haven't had the chance to ride the Heck of The North, put on by the illustrious DBD'er Jeremy Kershaw, you owe it to yourself to send a postcard in next year. It was gloriously chilly to start out the ride, then warmed up just enough for it to be comfortable. I think I had my leg warmers on the entire time. The route was a good mix of pavement, gravel, and snowmobile/hiking trails. The red and auburn colors of the trees are simply stunning this time of year, and it was a good departure from my usual roadside decor of corn or soybeans. This was probably my most enjoyable event of this year, with no super-muddy B-roads, drifts of snow, or outrageous heat/humidity. It's always great to see so many of the people that consistently show up to gravel events, and there are a lot of Arrowhead 135 riders at the Heck.
This makes 5 full centuries, and combined with the metric I bagged a little over a week ago on the mountain bike out at 7 Oaks, 9 metric centuries. Maybe I'll catch up to Courtney yet...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I was up at Heck of the North (see next post) a couple of weeks ago, and was able to deliver Joe Meiser's two cups from 2009 to him. He was pretty excited - so excited, in fact, that it propelled him to a 4th place finish. Or at least that's what I'd like to think. Way to go, Joe! I snapped this photo of him enjoying his two well-deserved mugs.