Aside from the teeth chattering chill of riding down the hill at the top, this was an excellent ride. I am very glad I brought a thermal layer to make it bearable but riding through pea soup fog is bound to cool a person off a bit.
It was just overcast most of the way up but the last half mile or so was nice and thick like that. Thankfully there was more than enough climbing involved to warm me up plenty but my sorely needed lunch break got me back down to not warm. Anyways, this ride was not just a slog and actually rather fun. I had more than enough water and food to make it end to end thanks to the cooler weather. Total ride was 84 miles but I accidentally turned the app off for a couple miles of riding.
The bike performed great and the only issue I had were the tubes wrapped on the bar came untied a couple times. I could zip tie em but I hate having to cut zip ties if I actually need a tube. None of the bags got in the way and the new tire on the front felt great. Very happy with the shifting too after the recent tune, it rides better than ever.
Perfect biking weather since I never got overly hot even on the worst climbs. No wind either and the gradient was rather doable most of the way. There was nearly no shoulder to ride on the climbing bit but traffic was rather light. Only the occasional normal car driving past or motorcycles. No fart cannon touge squads today so I never felt highly at risk. Downhill was really nice and after the cloud layer part, was a good temp the rest of the way. Very happy I always wear my gloves otherwise my hands would have fallen off.
Now it is time to rest and enjoy the sun down here at home. Didn't see the sun until the last 10 miles or so which felt opposite of usual. But I ain't complaining. My lunch on the ride was actually satisfying enough that just some snacks are in order before an earlier dinner. Too many other rides I've eaten whole extra meals due to subpar ride lunch.