2014 Turbine Of Pain
This year would follow the same route but try to actually connect to Ernestown.On my 2014 ride came up short as hadn't brought enough food to fuel on the hot day. Also had taken a different track 3/4 of the way to Ernestown which dead ended at a huge farm field.
Turbine of Pain 2016
After a wee bit of rain which led to a afternoon start it was an easy spin to the start of the real work. Better prepared of course...despite the hydration bladder deciding to retire after 11 years of use.
|Wet Roll Out|
|Looking good for now|
|Time to ford|
|How to numb your hands in less than 500m.|
|Looking back at the first Bog of the day|
|Riding Tussock like grass hurts|
|It's a beautiful bridge|
After reaching what I believe is the deactivated part of Jim Snow drive followed the snowmobile track that I had looked at before. Which in 2014 I had turned right and headed back instead. Partially because the water levels seemed higher unlike this year. Of course it meant had to contend with at least 4 more bog sections.
|It's not just a ride, It's an adventure|
The additional snow mobile trail did connect to Camden Road East which led to Ernestown...specifically the old train station.
|Beer, because fuck your electrolyte drink|
Headed back via Caton road, well at least 3/4 of the way. Specifically to give my hands and shoulder a rest from being beaten by the snowmobile track. The Cinelli bars I ran as an experiment for the road sections to add a position where I could rest on my forearms. And give my hands a rest.
|4 plus hours late thinking of beer and junk food|
This year felt stronger through it all so the winter of endless intervals and dead lifts with a side of squats have worked. As well had packed food for the ride that added the comfort factor.
|Because...fuck yer Cliff Bars|
So over all a successful redo of the 2014 first attempt. Unfortunately had a gear problem as the hydration bladder decided to retire. So had to improvise with 4 waterbottles in the pack which isn't an ideal situation as round one's dig into the back when in the Wingnut pack. Thinking I might pick up a couple of Backbottle's to use.
In the end after 4 plus hours and nearly 50km of abuse was a good day out. And was a 3 beer evening of recovery.