I had the pleasure of riding the Windsor Wanderer 200K permanent with John Lee Ellis and Vernon Smith this past weekend. The route travels on roads that are familiar from many prior brevets and permanents, but the CHANGE in direction on these roads made the ride seem brand new. It was fun to approach the previously ridden roads in a different direction to see how the scenery CHANGED from this direction.
We started in low thirty degree temperatures which required winter attire. Immediately it was apparent that the angle of the sun was CHANGING, and we would have plenty of day light as spring is approaching.
|John Lee and Vernon were bundled but cheery from the start in Superior|
|I think Vernon preferred to endure the gentle wind rather than my bad one liners.|
|Vernon and John Lee take time to enjoy the CHANGING scenery and good company.|
Leaving Platteville, we were unsure if we would get to experience the Rawhide Power Plant as the wind seemed to gently increase. The temperatures were also increasing leading John Lee to begin shedding layers and delight in the ability to ride without his winter coat.
|John Lee models his second attire for the day with the lack of his winter coat leading all to be optimistic for the coming spring.|
|Even the cows around Windsor seemed to be CHANGING their normal grazing patterns.|
Heading for the finish we continued to work together and enjoy the camaraderie of our ride as the wind continued to CHANGE direction, heralding the approaching weather front that would produce snow the day after our ride.
|John Lee leads the way toward another hill setting up Vernon for his "interval hill climb" training.|
|John Lee and Paul Foley enjoy the satisfaction of another successful ride shared with good friends.|
As the seasons continue to CHANGE, the Windsor Wanderer is a great ride to prepare for the heart of the upcoming randonnee season.