Up and over

Bugman and I managed our first “up and over” ride on Highway 71 through the Wildcat Hills on Saturday.

Hello, Banner County. It's been awhile since I've seen you from a bicycle seat.

Hello, Banner County. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you from a bicycle seat.

We saw seven other cyclists out there on the highway south of Gering that morning.

It was a beautiful day for a ride.

The blue flax has started to bloom along the roadside. The reeds in the borrow pits were studded with red-winged blackbirds. The notes of the meadowlark’s song have finally ripened and become heavy enough to cascade down from high places – telephone poles, fence posts, dessicated yucca spires – whenever the bird opens its beak.

The up-and-over ride is a great training ride. With a turnaround at the intersection with Highway 88 west, it’s a 38.5-mile ride from our house with 1,776 feet of climb. The north face of the hill is a bit more challenging to ride up than the south face, as Banner County rises in elevation the further south you go.

up and over profileAfter we got home, I showered, ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and passed out on the couch. I forget sometimes the soporific effect of vigorous exercise.

Copyright 2015 by Katie Bradshaw

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