Today’s ride from Arkadelphia to Pine Bluff, Arkansas was SMOOOTH! We traveled the flat to rolling 91 mile, back road course with an initial large group that split up before the first sag stop at 20 miles. Anne (NY), Don (Canada), Ned (NY), and myself found ourselves doing a very pleasant and smooth paceline for the remainder of the day, starting before the first sag. Randy (NJ) joined us about halfway through and we continued to work smoothly through the second sag, lunch break, and into the Pine Bluff hotel for a short day of only 5 total hours with stops. Little traffic, light winds, and abundant sunshine were the main factors today and as I say, it was just a most pleasant ride. Overall average riding speed was 20 MPH, running 19-23 MPH on most flats. Tomorrow we head into Misssissippi for a long, 131 mile day. But for now, we rest….
From RIGHT to left- our smoothly oiled paceline machine: Anne (NYC), Ned (NY state), Don (Ontario), and myself (taking photo). Also pictured are Jon (crew from San Antonio who rode ahead to arrow the finishing miles), and Randy (NJ) who joined us for about half of today’s paceline group.