Last weekend was chilly, but I did get out for a couple of rides on sections of this years course. This led me to find a few roads I didn't anticipate, leading me to tweak the course (yet again). This caused the mileage for this years ride to shorten down to 81 miles, but that is fine with me. I'm not trying to break any distance records. And the roads I did find made it worth the changes.
I've received a few postcard entries stating they were seeking redemption from last years ride. The 2016 Grumpy Grind did have a some challenging roads, but the weather become unseasonably warm and people unexpectedly fatigued from heat. This years ride will have a nice flow to it in terms of open roads and tight roads, long stretches of gravel, and patches broken up with pavement. For those who have ridden the previous four Grumpy Grinds, you'll probably experience a few familiar roads, but also be pleased to know there will be some new roads on this years route too.
In the next couple of weeks I'll be putting up more frequent postings. I'll cover topics like camping the night before, reading cue cards, checkpoints, etc. So check in every now and again to see what is posted. For now, keep the postcard entries coming so I know how to plan accordingly. And get training, it's a long ride for those who come unprepared.