|Yours truly about to climb Happy Hill Road|
At 7:30am we depart the hotel riding on roads still wet from overnight rain. It is overcast and mild, in the low sixties, as we head to the 7-11 one mile down the road. Which is the official ride start. After getting documented we set out on the 100k route promptly at 8am. After a mile or two on a bike path we are routed through suburban streets to the outskirts of the Tampa area. We quickly reach the first control in San Antonio, Fl. The surroundings become significantly more rural at this point. Also, the terrain changes from flat to rolling. I enjoy the mild hills as the day warms pleasantly into the upper sixties. The scenery is pleasant with a mixture of horse and cattle farms. Frequently we pass by orange groves as well. The traffic is extremely light. On the occasions we do encounter vehicles we are treated with great courtesy. It is really a pleasurable experience. We continue with rolling to mildly hilly terrain to the Blanton control. After a quick stop we encounter more of the same landscape for the next 10 miles. As we make the turn onto County Road 579 things flatten out again. However, the wind has picked up dramatically and we are dead into it. We grind our way through the remaning eight miles to the control.
|Pancho Villa's in downtown San Antonio, Fl|
The 100k was most definately a nice experience for both of us. The route had memorable scenery and the rolling terrain was an enjoyable change from the normal flat routes that prevail in Florida. The brutal head winds we encountered added to the challenge making the experience that much more worthwhile. We were both pleased with the decision to include this ride with the trip.
|Paul at the finish|