Today I started out planning to do a short Saturday morning bike ride with the Pecan City Pedalers bike club. It turned out to be an 80 mile ride that I rode by myself for about 55 miles.
I started out riding with the faster group of riders. I knew that I was not in the best of shape as I have not been riding much at all lately due to work related issues. I have been down this road before, the sling shot theory. The sling shot theory is how I re-booted my cycling after being off the bike for five years. I knew that today was going to be one of those rides where I would get dropped at some point out in the country. Today I got dropped about 9 AM, one hour into the ride. I was struggling to keep an 18 MPH pace and when the pace line when up to 20 MPH, I decided to slow down and ride slower.
So here I was out in the country heading up to a town called Smithville Georgia. I had been there before a year ago with the PCP Race team during a ride. On that ride we got to Smithville via Bronwood. I was in better shape and I was able to keep up with help from the team. Today I was riding alone and I was going to enjoy the day outside.
|Leaving Lee County heading to Leslie|
|I made it to Leslie, GA|
|You can see the SAM Short line passing through Leslie.|
|I was surprised to find the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum. I will have to stop back by to check it out.|
|I always have to take a picture of the town water tower|
|I crossed the new bridge on HWY 118 even though it was posted as being closed. Gravel road for a short distance.|
|I got leg cramp on my left leg on my way to Bronwood.|
I was not prepared for a long ride in 100 degree heat.
I drank Gatorade for the first time in 3 or 4 years.
|Pipe line construction site. Lots of trucks from Texas|
|I have not see so many large John Deere backhoes in a line. The are ready to dig a hole for a pipeline.|
|Almost home now. 15 more likes from Sasser, Georgia to my house.|
|Just over a mile from my house. Normally I never stop to document when I leave or enter Albany, Georgia, but today I did.|