Bike 6:40:00  79.0 mi (11.9 mph) +4500ft
shoes: Salsa Warbird
w Lo, Alice, Steph, and Chuck. gravel near Steelville, MO.
first loop of 43-ish miles, EZ pace to accommodate group and get used to the Thunderchicken in its native habitat. cool and cloudy but comfortable and as the miles stretched on my smile stretched wider...this bike is awesome. the mtb crank is CRUCIAL to my enjoyment, it seems like i can ride up anything, but still have enough teeth to pedal downhill. started raining as we got back to the cars and Alice, Steph and Chuck left.
Lo and I didn't reeeeally want to keep riding w the weather but we also didn't want to pass up the opportunity for a long ride in this awesome terrain. so we made ourselves a deal to "just go 10 miles" and re-evaluate at that point. 10 miles passed and the rain was still annoying but we were doing fine. however, somewhere after that all the wet grit started messing w my front brake and it was creaking something awful. fully released the outboard pad but still not great. took several water-bottle cleansings at the next creek crossing to get it to shut up. at that point we were cold and wet and almost starting to not have fun, so we found a shortcut home and made the second loop about 36 miles.
fueled this ride entirely on easter candy, a 630-cal rice crispie treat from QT, and skratch in my bottles.