At an auspicious bend in Colton's Mill Road, a batch of Brood II / 17-year cicadas has begun singing. These are the ones that sound like a UFO landing. If you ever want to snack on these "locusts" with your wild honey, choose the females. Most of the male cicada's abdomen is a hollow resonance chamber.
Turn left on 122, and the weather is still pretty good. A slight tail wind turns into still air when you ascend a hill, but you can cool off on the other side of it. First trip up Oordeel Hill -- I'm going for distance, not speed, so I indulge myself with easier gears. Pause at the top of Gunstock Creek Road. 57 minutes down. Time for a snack. Some apprehensions about the weather -- spotlights of bright sunligh cast sharp-edged but ephemeral tree shadows from time to time. Will things turn sunny? Heat adds stress.
At the other end of Gunstock Creek Road, I turn left instead of right. Pass the seranading cicagas again. Hello again, 122! Pull off the road from time to time to let the big rigs thunder past. Pause at the Sedalia Grocery Store to refill my water bottle and chug down a can of cold tomato juice. Resume.
Turn left on to Cornelius Road -- and those sharp-edge patches of sunlight are still showing up. Just not as often. The wind is in my face -- and through the leaves I glimpse ominous patches of slate-grey cloud. Turn right on to Gunstock Creek Road -- and those sunlit chunks of road are further apart. Shifting clouds vary the brightness of the day -- but the trend is obvious. Within a mile, a gentle cool rain begins. And continues, 'til I'm almost home.
Distance: 18.8 miles
Duration: 2:10:48 (plus 8:14 for two pauses)
Average speed: 8.6 mph
And let's see what my new FitBit bracelet has to say:
91 minutes at peak
32 mintues at cario
8 minutes at fat burn