Training Ride: Limestone to Ashkum

The training schedule called for a 40-mile long ride this past week, so yesterday Julie and I took off for Ashkum, on yet another unseasonably warm 80-degree day. We joke about being on the restaurant tour, so outside of meeting the requisite number of miles, our destinations must offer up a good place to eat when we get there. Considering our rides are essentially rural, finding a restaurant (and finding it open) can be a little daunting. We at first planned to ride to L'Erable, but the restaurant there is closed on Sundays. Hence, Plan B: a ride to Ashkum to eat at The Loft.

We had a wonderful, almost vehicle-free ride on excellent smoothly paved roads the whole trip (as can be seen in the upper left picture). On the way home, the wind worked its wonder in our favor allowing us to maintain a record-breaking speed (for us!) of 27 mph. Was that ever fun, flying down one long straight stretch of road, the entire road to ourselves!

Once we neared home, we couldn't resist veering from the intended plan (we're flexible like that when there's good reason!) to head east into Kankakee instead of west back toward Limestone. The good reason: a craving for hot fudge sundaes at Dairy Queen. The end result: a sweet 53.4-mile training ride. The new rule: don't be adding up the calories on the restaurant tour.


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