I finally got on real asphalt and put down some rubber today. It was nothing great, just a few short out and backs to figure some things out and to get out and start riding. The small course I chose had a hill and only stretched out for about a mile or so. Also, very few cars were present, so if I weaved all over the road, I was in little danger of getting splattered into the pavement. I did not go very far or very long, just worked on getting used to switching gears and riding form. It was a blast. I managed to get 23 mph max on my downhill stints. At first I had some wobble, but this straightened out eventually. The funniest moments occurred while I was figuring out how to ‘clip in’ while moving. I eventually got the hang of it, but one terrifying moment I was afraid I was going to go into a ditch while I figured it out. The cool thing was all the people at the parking lot (it was very busy) were very friendly and more than a few offered for me to join them and their group. Next week I am looking forward to trying more miles and a loop, now that I have my legs under me and have figured some of the finer points out.
One of the best parts of the morning was discovering Sosebee Cycling Park , an awesome independently funded cycling park just minutes from my mother-in-laws house in Cartersville/Ridell Georgia. As I am new to cycling I am uncertain of how common places like this are, but this was truly an awesome place. What I gathered is this used to be a horse farm. Now it is an awesome starting point for various routes through the Ridell country side. It contains a gravel drive and lots of room for cars to park. There are really nice shaded picnic tables and a grill or two. Besides relaxation amenities there is a nice set of changing rooms, port a pot, water spout and bike bars to hang your bike. The routes and local biking information is posted on a big board and the place is amazingly well manicured. I loved this place, it felt allot like some the Appalachian Trail trail heads. Leaving the park on your bike, Sosebee has identified various length routes which are identified on the road to indicate the path. Over all this place is awesome and it is right down the road from my mother in laws.
After my ride I went and helped the mother-in-law with some manual labor that had my muscles and legs complaining. Some how I managed to get tendinitis in my elbow. It is painful but not something to knock me out. Overall a really great day, I can’t wait to ride again and know it will be soon. Til next time.