Terre Haute to Richmond
Weather: Patches of fog AM, Sunny PM, starting temp 68, finishing temp 86
Ride stats: 164 miles, 3442 feet of climbing
Time on bike: 9h 24m Total ride time: calc error
Yesterday my wife, Jeanne, picked up our son, Nick, in Coumbus, Indiana, and they drove to Terre Haute where Nick will join our group for today’s ride. Today the RAINSTORM riders join 1500 riders on the cross state RAIN ride. The RAIN ride starts at a college on the north side of Terre Haute. Traditionally, the RAINSTORM riders just join the RAIN ride from the hotel rather than trying to transport the bikes to the college. This just cuts about 2 miles off the total 160 miles by the time you subtract the distance from the hotel to the route from the route start to the joining point. When I mentioned to Nick that we’d just start from the hotel with the RAINSTORM riders, I loved his reply…he said “that’s bogus” as he wanted to ride the full official RAIN route. I don’t blame him as it does mean you’ll ride the official route. My group of RAINSTORM riders wanted to get an early start, eating breakfast at 05:00 and start riding at 05:30. So…Nick, Jeanne, and I loaded Nick and my bikes in the van, left the hotel at 03:50 drove up to the college, unloaded the bikes, then he and I rode our bikes back to the hotel and joined the others for the 05:00 breakfast. As it was dark at that hour, Jeanne followed us in the van the whole way with her lights and flashers on. Our whole group was on the road riding somewhere around 05:40 and Jeanne trailed us in the van until after sunrise with lights/flashers on (sunrise here is around 06:30).
The cooler morning air felt good and we hit some patches of fog as the sun rose. Today’s route gains overall elevation but is mostly flat with a few long hills thrown in. We start near the Illinois border at Terre Haute and stay on Route 40 (which goes directly east) for most of the day. We are taken off Route 40 to loop around the south side of Indianapolis then rejoin route 40 east of Indy. There are 5 rest stops set up by the RAIN ride organizers for water and food, but we had Jeanne SAGGING for us so we could get water, etc from the van. She also took some great photos of the group which are posted below. The lunch stop is outdoors at a school just south of Indianapolis.
Just two minor mechanical issues today. Jeff, another RAINSTORM rider who joined our group today had two flat tires, and I had something go wrong with my seat post cap. I was riding with about 35 miles left to go, hit a bump and heard a sharp “snap” directly under my saddle. I stopped, didn’t see anything broken, and just assumed that the saddle clamp had slipped. I loosened the clamp, readjusted the angle, and re-tightened it but for some reason it would not hold the proper saddle angle. Anyway, it wasn’t bad and was just a minor irritation when sitting on the saddle. I’ll have to take it apart later.
Typically, there will be at least some westerly component to the wind on the day of the RAIN ride. Not today. The wind was calm for the first few hours, then began a mild/moderate 6-8 mph NE wind which we rode against for the rest of the day.
We rode faster/harder than I thought we would this entire week. In the evenings and mornings I felt the effects, but once on the bike and pedaling, that all worked itself out. I could not have asked for a better roommate than Jim. He and his other two TEAM ROLL teammates (Heidi and Vicky) were great. The other three riders who road with us daily, Jack, Roger, and Steve were good companions as well and I am glad I had the chance to get to know this group. I’m back in Richmond now, visiting with Mom and Dad before driving home to Illinois. 683 miles in 6 days with some outstanding people, beautiful roads, and fantastic state park lodges. I even got to be an honorary TEAM ROLL member for a day! It was a great week.
Posted below are photos from today’s ride. Click on any photo to open the gallery.