Payback big time today for yesterday’s awesome tailwind. We left Winslow at our usual 6:45am time and we rode past the corner made famous in the Eagles song. Next, we started our trek on I-40 for several miles with a headwind or crosswind for the entire day. The wind was blowing at a constant 20+ knots with gusts to 40MPH- it was absolutely relentless all day with 4407 ft of climbing in wide open desert, upward terrain. I have to say that in the end this was one of the hardest days I’ve ever spent on a bike- I was (and others agree) totally wasted when we pulled into our hotel in Springerville, Arizona on the New Mexico line. Just in case we were thinking tomorrow might be a recovery day, it’s not- a 157 mile day with over 4000 feet of climbing. Good night!
Greg (40 years old from Pennsylvania), then Larry (60 years old from California), and myself (50 years old but feeling about 90 right now!) have been riding together for a few days. Larry realized today that we represent 3 consecutive age decades and we’re showing our decade in number of fingers. I’d like to give today’s wind “the finger” !