OK – So we promise not to send these out every day as it could get pretty boring after awhile, but these first 6-7 days will be quite eventful.
Today was hard to imagine… first we started the day in 55 degree weather and ended the day where it was 112 degrees !!!
What made today tough was wind, heat and hills.
We started the day with a 3.5 mile hill only to follow that one with a 5.4 mile hill. Julie flew up the hills passing and talking to everyone – Ed, on the other hand, learned that he could maintain a 4.5-6.5 mph speed uphill… considering an average walker is 4 mph… well, you get the idea. Ed just blames it on living and training in FLAT Florida.
After we left our organized stop after the hill climbing, we were greeted with a downhill grade AND wind at our backs. We cycled in towns, rural roads, frontage roads and even on I-10. At one point (downhill) we hit over 40mph. We actually road for over 10 miles on a FLAT road without peddling because the wind was so strong on our backs.
Below is a picture we took while we were “in the wind”. The snow capped mountains in the background and windmills in the foreground.
A couple minutes later, the Union Pacific came by, tooted his horn to say, “hi”.
The last 18 miles were HOT and for 7 miles we had the wind in our face and only could hit 8-10mph.
Total miles: 84 (Actually it was 85 because we made wrong turn but found the error FAST). Tomorrow — 101 miles in the desert plus an 11 mile climb. We can’t wait !!!
Has anyone reading this ever cycled 100 miles in the desert? All suggestions are welcomed !!!