This weekend I put 60 miles in on hard packed rock dust. The surface was roughly similar to what I'll see on the C&O - smooth but not paved. We had some light tree cover out there and chilly but warming weather.
I took a few things from the ride.
- Not ready yet to do that 3 times in a row.
- My ass needs more time in the saddle. South of 5 hours in the saddle was a little tough on the rear. Need to harden it up
- and I need to condition myself more. and maybe most importantly.
- I think I can do 184, but its not going to be a cake walk.
Surprisingly there was a fair bit of climbing during the ride, which I don't expect we'll encounter on the C&O. All in all I feel good about how I did and I am pleased that my legs aren't scream at me a day later.
70 miles in two weeks. Map and elevation chart below.