Failed an attempt at this 51 miler to Nichols. I had to call for a rescue ride back home. I made it about 37 miles; out to Nichols and back to Owego. I probably could have made it all the way back but decided to just cut it short.

Why did I cut it short?

  • Got a flat just on the west side of Owego. After I changed the tube and remounted my bike, the winds had really picked up. The winds were out of the S-SW and I was heading either ride into them or into a strong crosswind from West Owego to Nichols.
  • It got hot a lot sooner than I expected. 85 degrees on a bank sign in Nichols. And much of the route, even though it was on back roads on the return trip, there was very little tree cover for shade or to block the winds.
  • Hill! Not hills, but one hill did me in—Stanton Hill Road between Lounsberry and Owego.

Add it all up and I was whipped!

Every rider with a camera eventually takes the obligatory "shadow" shot, Owego, NY

Every rider with a camera eventually takes the obligatory "shadow" shot, Owego, NY

The start of the hill that did me in<br />Stanton Hill Rd, Lounsberry-to-Owego.<br /><strong>No trees!</strong>

The start of the hill that did me in
Stanton Hill Rd, Lounsberry-to-Owego.
No trees!

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