23. That's a fine number for an enigma. Or a movie. It's a cold start to a 200K, and that was the local temperature when we rolled out at 7:15 this morning.
Maria and I met at Stony Hill Fire Station, the start of the Lake Loop, for a dose of frigid randonneuring. Unfortunately, 23 miles -- the first control -- was the mile marker that dashed both of our chances. Poor Maria was developing a case of hypothermia. She abandoned there and had a friend pick her up. As for me, I left my card sitting on the counter, a mistake I realized another 10 miles down the road. And so I went to Plan B. I rode up to the Virginia state line and turned back, logging 100 miles for the day and bagging the month's century, for 8 straight years of at least 1 century a month. A big thanks to Brother Rich for inspiring me on Century #1, way back in January 2002.
A couple notes. I had no problem with the cold, since I had at least as much wool on as your average New Zealand sheep. I'm a big fan of Joneswares, and most items were made by them.
Feet: Joneswares Wool socks, newspaper bags over them.
Legs: Boure shorts, heavy wool tights.
Upper body: Joneswares wool t-shirt, Joneswares heavy wool arm warmers, Wabi Woolens wool shirt, Joneswares wool cycling jersey, RUSA wind vest.
Neck: Neck Gator Plus (this thing is great).
Hands: REI glove liners, REI outer gloves (not sure of model).
Head: 2 Joneswares wool skull caps.
I was cool starting out, especially my feet, but comfortable the rest of the day. Notice I did not wear a jacket. I find they get sweated up so badly that I get chilled from the trapped moisture.
A great day for pictures. Here are some of my favorites.