Nah ... let's tackle an uphill gravel trek instead. Turn left on to Persimmon Creek Road, and the expansive meadow vistas cause the heart to expand with joy. It is uphill most of the way, but the wind is from the side, now. And when I get back on to the hard surface, the wind becomes an ally.
Turn left onto Gunstock Creek Road, feeling better all the time. Reach the top, pause for water, turn around, and come home.
8.8 miles at 9 mph.
Weather permitting, maybe I can do a longer ride on Saturday.