There are several areas on the course where there is no signage where you will need to turn. So please keep up with your mileage on your cue sheet so you know where to turn. For the intersections that still might confuse people, I did put up small stakes with pink flags attached to them. This signifies that you should turn at that intersection. They are not giant flags, so you will have to look for them. If the road is unmarked, but the road T's and it is obvious you have to turn a specified direction, there will NOT be any pink flag to look for. Bring your common sense with you and you will be fine.
It looks like a great night to pitch a tent. For those staying at the farm tonight, please park on the gravel or a paved area of the farm, and not on the grass. About an inch of rain fell on Thursday making the grass a little soft. Also, the dogs name is Max, and he's quite friendly.
Many of you are traveling a decent distance to get to the event. If you start to get nervous because you feel like you are driving to the middle of nowhere, just know that you are on the right track. Home base for this ride is definitely in a rural area.
The rain did create some ruts, and softened the few grass lanes we traverse, but the roads are otherwise fine. The fresh spring gravel is still rather loose and could be sketchy in some areas, so pay attention to your tire pressure and be willing to not run it too high, or you'll find your ride most uncomfortable. There is a tree that blew down on the short bit of rails-to-trails section we ride on, but you can easily maneuver around it.
SEE YOU TOMORROW, RAIN OR SHINE!
There is a slight chance of rain tomorrow, but who knows what will happen. There is no make up date for the Grumpy Grind, and we will ride rain or shine. There is a hose to wash your bikes off at the finish. Make sure to bring a towel and change of clothes so you can relax and enjoy feeding up after the ride before your travels home.