This last October, I decided to take on a new challenge in cycling of racing over 1000 miles. After finding a post of the Santa Fe Trail Race and its inaugural running, I decided it was perfect. Some quick research of the event showed gravel road, not too much climbing, and even a cooler time of year to ride in! "It should be easy," I thought, though it turned out to be anything but. The following photos and story should be taken as a warning to anyone getting into this facet of riding. Be ready for the unpredictable and be strong enough to push through it.
No photos today. I rode 70 miles, all on paved road, to get to Dodge City, KS where I would rest for a few days. After some shooting knee pain during the ride, I thought some rest would be a good idea. I was no longer racing despite a chance to catch the leader a day before. Once in Dodge City, all I could do was eat IHOP pancakes for two days straight.