Riding in the Rain
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Ride - Day 3, Rechnitz, AT to Jennersdorf, AT
78.9 kms (49 miles)
So we had the option of riding straight from Lockenhaus up and over the Gunser Gebirge range, but no one was really interested in making it about a 55 mile day with most of the first 5 or 6 miles all uphill (there would be plenty of climbing to come). Instead we were all transported to the top and rode the long downhill into Rechnitz which was the map start of the days ride of 72.6 km. A rough estimate of just under 4 additional miles on the way down gave the days total distance.
We started under cloudy skies this morning, and it was probably less than 15 km into the ride that it started to rain.
I don't really remember much about that ride up through lunch. Needless to say with the rain the camera did not come out on the morning route.
The rain eventually subsided and then stopped altogether by the time we reached the wine press for lunch. As we ate (this was the first lunch spread of the trip and it was absolutely amazing - see picture on the day for Zgorjne Jezersko), dry gear was retrieved in an attempt to get warm, and we decided to continue on. After all it had stopped raining and we had come on the trip to ride and ride we would.
The first 25-30 km of the afternoon portion of the ride was interesting.
The rain came down again and it became a very steady soaking once again for the last 15 km or so of the ride. We likely rode the quickest tempo on this section of any other portion of the trip (excluding extended downhills) as everyone was just interested in getting the ride over with. We finally cruised into Jennersdorf a very soggy bunch for the group picture at the hotel.
Other Random Observations from Day 3
- The tiny little gnats that were flying all around at our departure point when we got out of the van.
- Congrats to C.C. for his longest distance ride ever completed.
- It needs stated again, lunches were fantastic.
- Today's ride was on a Sunday and in the small towns/villages that we travelled through, it was very quiet and everything appeared to be closed.
- Hotel Raffel had the smallest rooms of the trip. Unfortunately this was the day we needed the most space in an effort to dry out all our wet gear.
- Relaxing in the sauna (and trying to get warm). Meanwhile watching Steve explore the steam room and press the "panic button" during his investigations. Hotel employee comes running and watching her and Steve attempting to communicate with a big language barrier was hilarious.
- Using the hand/hair dryer in an attempt to dry shoes.
- Enjoying a couple of glasses of wine in the bar with Jeff, Carrie, and Chris before dinner.
- Liver ball soup...
- The first of several meals with significant quantities of mushrooms. I don't mind mushrooms in moderation and the meals were very good, but for me it eventually became too much.
- A long day of riding (longest distance day of the trip) meant that as dinner ended shortly after nine a group of weary riders called it an evening.