Ok, so today the sun was out. Fierce wind though, which would prove to be my major bother later on during the ride. I had heard that there was a road ride passing not far from my home - follow the C with the arrow on top of it - so I decided to give that a shot. They told me the start was in Gembloux and the ride was 110K with nearly 1400 heightmeters. I did not feel up to doing the whole distance but I decided to pick in at the bottom of the Smeysberg and play it by ear. So it went. I spotted a big C with an arrow so I followed that. The route was pretty hilly and meandering nicely through La Hulpe towards Rixensart and Wavre. I had hoped to see some bikers on the ride but I was all alone. So I began to doubt if I was following the right signs. Still, I knew my way around these parts of Brabant Walloon so I rode on. When the ride looped back towards Maleizen and Ottenburg I began to smell a rat. I must be following the wrong C's !
Ok, no big deal, when I arrived in Sint Agatha Rode I decided to loop back to the Smeysberg and check out the signage again. On top of the hills I saw some bikers and I also saw another type of C plastered on the tarmac. Surely, that must have been the right "C'..
I was not in the mood, nor did I feel strong enough, to add another 100 K to the ride - at that point my counter was on 40K - so I decided to follow the Red Bloso arrows which also pass there and which would yield me another 30-ish K's.
The wind was blowing fiercely from North-eastern regions and during the latter part of the ride it was really bothering me. Sapping strength out of my legs and making me decide to just do the Bloso ride and not add another extra loop to make it a 100K ride.
Also bearing in mind that I took a day off of work tomorrow to try and ride the Accro Bike loop, I hope I made the right decision. Temperatures were in the 10 degrees C region, feeling a bit more when the wind was blowing in my back and definately feeling a bit less when the dry gusts were blowing in my face.
Ride Stats : 75K and 655 heightmeters in 3h15mins