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I should get out earlier in the morning, I only started at approximately lunchtime and the blue sky turned into something semi-overcast - but it cold, with an average temperature of about 4 degrees on my garmin and icy winds. Patches of snow still melting in the shadows, and the gravel roads very wet and sticky due to the melting of ice under the surface.

The winds picked up and I struggled to get any speed at all going southwards, but on the northwards part I was sailing with the wind and going much faster than I thought I could for so long distances on my CX bike with gravel/mud freindly tires. My legs were working fine until I lost my way and had to stop for navigation purposes in Lillestrøm, several times. When I got going again it felt like I had accidentally replaced my legs with some woodwork. Strong headwinds going south again didn't help.

On my way I saw about 100 other cyclists, the fastest probably a #unox rider judging by the bike he had + his speed. All the cylicsts were alone or sometimes in pairs. I never saw anyone drafting anyone for the whole day, and that says alot about how things have changed these days, as especially going south in the first part of the lap the headwinds were so strong it would make a huge advantage to ride in a group. No one did.

A few pictures:

I found spring waiting for me on a steep, southfacing muddy slope (a stabilized mudslide actually):




Norway's longest river, Glomma, discharges into the Øyeren lake and it has laid down a very large pile of sand and mud here. The town of Lillestrøm just visible in the sunlight at the far end is about 10 km away. The delta is a wildlife sanctuary and it will soon fill up with all sorts of migrating birds that fancy a rest by the waterside. Slightly later - peak snowmelt flood typically early June) almost nothing will be left above water.


My don't freeze - gear: wool undershirt, wish I also had wool long johns but I opted for front-windproof winter cycling bibs which have a fleece-like inside, because the weather looked a lot better just before I left home. The hi-viz yellow jacket is quite windproof but doesn't breathe very well. A very important piece of equipment is the - what do you call it in english - collar liner? In Norwegian it is now just termed buff but it basically stops the cold wind from blowing in through the collar opening in the jacket. A must-have for cold days. Another important item is something warm inside the helmet. Cycling caps just doesn't work, I used a thin wool liner today but earlier this week I had a thicker wool cap because I couldn't find the liner. I wish I still hadn't found it, cause this was a bit too cold on the headwind sections today. 

Compensation for loss of Strade Bianche?

Apologies for the poor style in the photos but I can't really be bothered to care to much about anything when freezing except not freezing :)

Oh, just to make sure I got the right compensation for missing Strade Bianche on the television, a touch of Tuscany for dinner?


Take that, coronavirus, eat sterrati and die! (It's leftovers but it will do for this purpose  :D )

Overall verdict: good way to waste a useless Sunday  :cool
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