If there was one word to describe today’s Ride Like an Egyptian, it would be Wind. Wind. Wind. Wind. Wind. Yes, there was a lot of wind.
I rode this event last year and we were greeted by cold rain for at least half of the ride. This year, the rain held off but with temps in the mid 40s, it was nothing short of brisk.
Of course, that wasn’t helped at all by the winds that felt like they were going to toss you into a corn field at any moment. I now know how Dorothy feels.
My girlfriend, Erin, and I set out on the road shortly after 8 a.m.
Outside of DeKalb city limits, the route was extremely well marked. Big yellow signs at each turn made it easy to see from a distance. However, apparently the City of DeKalb did not allow the ride organizers to post signs or mark the pavement within city limits. Shame on you DeKalb. This isn’t some beer run on bikes. This is a charitable event benefiting a local theater with over 80 years of history. For the safety of riders, I’d hope you’d allow organizers to mark within the city in the future.
At the central rest stop, we met some cool folks. The SAG (Support and Gear) guys were from The Bike Haven of McHenry. I was talking with them about Team Fur Bandit until the wind started to steal their tent and they had to remove the top.
The ride offered 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile routes. Since it was cold and windy, we opted just to do the 25 this morning. However, for about an eight mile stretch on the way back, we were riding directly into a head wind of 20mph+. This stretch also had no shortage of hills.
I’m not sure a picture really does this wind justice.
We made it back to the start, had our delicious end of ride meal and then hit the highway to head back to Rockford.
All in all, it was a great ride. The wind made for an interesting twist but it’s always fun just to get out and ride. Unfortunately not enough people thought so. The event had a rather low turnout. Next year let’s make sure we get Rockfordians to pack the streets of DeKalb.