Imagine you’re watching the tour de france on tv. There’s one rider who’s all by himself, he must be on a break away. You can tell he’s trying hard, out of the seat for every hill. It’s the first break in a string of bad weather days so he’s really feeling strong. Maybe his first stage win? We’ll see. His team car pulls up next to him. Maybe some info about the other riders in pursuit.
“Hey bro….. you’re going the wrong way”
That was me today. Minus the team car and all the other stuff. Just me pulling over because I had a strange feeling about how long it was taking to get to the next junction. So I checked my phone map. “FUUUUUCK!!!!!!!” I’d gone the wrong way……..for a long time, and since my out-of-the-way miles were so hilly, I pretty much put myself an hour and a half behind Heath. Not to mention that the days are getting shorter and colder, so daylight riding hours are precious. I was crushed, I just screwed us out of a good day of gaining a lot of miles.
“I’m the only one? What’s the deal?”
And lastly, a map reading tip: If the main road seems to go way out of the way and there’s a much smaller road that’s more direct, just take the main one because that little one you’re thinking about taking goes straight the hell UP and is about to chop your legs off. The main one goes around the mountain.