Today was hot and windy almost from the start. The first 50 miles was mostly with a head or cross wind but the last 50 into Eureka we were flying high with a good tail wind, miles of new supper smooth asphalt and a slight down hill. We held it at around 25 MPH for miles on end. It almost got monotonous. Depending on how one wants to count we had as many as six to seven climbs. Except for some of the bits that touch the bike, I felt good all day and found it a pleasure to help out where I could along the way. And I must say what a grand group of people to ride with and a special hand-up for Darcie – our queen of not only the mountains but the entire ride!
Today I ride in special recognition for Deanna and Beth Mecham. These two ladies are sister-in-laws to my sister Deanna. Both have had to deal with cancer in the past year. Beth has had an especially difficult battle but is a real inspiration and didn’t give up, even when the first set of doctors said there is no hope – go home and die. Beth did her research and through inspiration found doctors who could deal with her specific problem. She under went a very technical surgery and after an intensive recovery period is now looking to get back to a more normal life. Three cheers for Beth.
Oh, I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw three bands of wild mustangs and two small groups of antelope and a fox that could have been stalking the rabbit just down the road. This morning we saw a couple of mustangs having a little tussle among themselves.
Distance: 120 miles
Elevation: 5472 ft
Ride time: 5:59
Avg speed: 20.1 MPH
Avg heart rate: 120 (yes the same as the distance traveled.)
KOM’s: Not sure just yet, waiting for Strava to count them up as we had to create some proper segments. I know there is at least one.