We were treated to blue skies and a crisp north wind as we rolled out this morning. Early on we came into a set of rolling hills to wake the legs and settle into a climbing rhythm we’d use several times during the day.
The best moments of the day were sprinting past two young guys on a steep roller, [they looked a little surprised], and a very special descent. The road twisted and turned, descending for 3 miles of perfect pavement…which I enjoyed at 42 mph. Which also explains my broad smile below.
My celebration was short lived since, first, there was still 38 miles to go, and second, I was not done climbing by a long shot. The big climb for the day lasted 14 miles, climbing 350 feet to a plateau, and 800 more for the last 4 miles. At the very top a lady wearing pearls and driving an Audi slowed down to stare at me.
I stared back with sweat dripping off my nose.
Again today I was the first rider in. I celebrated with a tasty flat bread pizza shared in the company of my riding buddies. 86 miles ridden, 3800 feet climbed.