|I felt comfortable, except the areas of my face that were exposed.|
|The leaves are turning! Beautiful :-)|
|Rio Grande full of water. It was scary low this summer, so this was nice to see.|
When I was about a mile from home, I heard that noise that no cyclist likes to hear: "Thuk, thuk, thuk, thuk, sssssssssss" Darn it! I'm fairly sure it was a goat head thorn stuck in my tire. The "thuk" sound was it hitting the brake on each rotation and the "sssssssss" was the air coming out of my tire when the thorn finally dislodged from my tire.
Since I was so close to home, I made the executive decision to ride on it as far as I could, walk the bike the rest of the way if needed, so I could fix it in the comfort of my own home rather than on the side of the road. Surprisingly, the tire held up well enough for me to stay on the bike. Seems like a bit of the thorn was still stuck in the tire, blocking the hole well enough to stay fairly well inflated until I was done.
All in all, planned ride #1 was a success. Would planned ride #2 go this well? Stay tuned...