Just a quickie today.  The wind was kicking between 12 and 18 MPH.  The temperature was over 90!

I had been invited to a Memorial Day picnic. The picnic gave me about 90 minutes to hang out before hopping back on the bike for the return trip.

I search the ‘Net for stores of tales of people who’ve crossed the US on bicycle before.  I’m learning what I can, discarding the stuff that seems silly, and embracing the stuff that seems to make some sense.  

I’d picked up on one fella who thoroughly recommended a Camelbak water backpack.  I know that’s a good idea because I bought one years ago.  Yet I never used it after the maiden voyage with the thing.  Couldn’t get the straps right and it chaffed.

Still, though, like I said, it sounds like this is a good idea to carry more water than you get in a couple of water bottles.  I dug it out of the closet, admired the multiple pouches to put stuff, and filled it up.  Spent five minutes or so figuring the straps.  Wasn’t happy with how it felt at first, but figured I’d get used to it within a bit.

To my amazement and relief, I did get used to it.  I didn’t notice the extra weight I was carrying on my back, either.   I also noticed that it cooled my back.  Which got me thinking about conduction heat transfer.  Wouldn’t the water be heated by being in contact with my skin?  All I know is when I sucked on the tube, the water that was in the tube exposed to the sunlight was warm.  But once the tank water reached my lips, it was as cool as when it came out of the tap.  Guess I’m going to have to try filling that thing with beer at some point . . .

Finished Cycle: May 28, 2012 4:00:35 PM
Shortened Google Maps URL: http://j.mp/KX6slC
Ride Time: 1:42:40
Distance: 23.93 miles
Average: 13.99 mph
Fastest Speed: 25.90 mph
Ascent: 653 feet
Descent: 639 feet
Calories: 1835