Strong winds play spoiler
67 miles. It’s Friday and I have the time for a ride. After lunchtime I guess a good path would be to hit the beach road and do the 30 mile loop to the Inlet park and back.
I leave at noon and head on the crowded roads north. Military Trail, Indiantown Road, all clogged with midday drivers and tourists. I am careful around intersections, after all, I’m in no rush today…
As I get near Jupiter, I do some math and decide that turning around at 15 mles will have me home at 1:30pm. So what? I have time, the wind is directly in my face let me fight it some and go for Bridge Rd. I zip up Jupiter Island, mostly in aero bar mode, always into the wind. Same thoughts surface as I’m arriving at the top of the island – really, do I need to be heading home and done riding at 2:30pm? Nah – keep going!
The flag on Bridge Rd flaps 100% from the north wind. It’s whipping out there, and Gomez Rd is tough. The Dixie Highway stretch is also a challenge, no relief or pace line leader today. I am happy to get to Port Salerno to be shielded from some of the wind. The last windy section to the park is good, I am happy to hit the men’s room and refill my bottle for the fast ride back.
Coming home, the bridge to Jupiter Island is down but the gates are down, too. A pedestrian gets himself together to speak with the bridge tender. He comes back saying that the bridge won’t show as closed, it will be awhile, he will need an engineer. He says walkers and cyclists can cross though! I figured a picture of me on the bridge with it in the closed position would be a rare one.
Down Beach Road with a tailwind, I am not breaking too much of a sweat nor is my speed too quick. I was lazy, probably happy to not be against the wind. I took US-1 back to Northlake and turned west to home. I hadn’t ridden over 60 miles in months, this will undoubtedly help me condition for the Dolphin Challenge ride in a little over two weeks.