Day 3 - 123 Miles of Suffering
Trip Start Dec 13, 2008
6Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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The headquarter phone rings and when Lester picks it up, Joe is on the other end screaming, "What in heaven's name do you think you're doing on a bicycle? In case you don't remember, we had a train wreck down in the leg's department a week ago on Sunday and we're still cleaning up the wreckage. You never even answered our emails on the subject so I'm assuming that you just moved them to the waste basket like you normally do. We need rest and reconstructive surgery. We have muscle tissue dying by the truck load!"
Lester responds in a tone that indicates a complete lack of concern, "You are always exaggerating and I simply know that you are capable of delivering more than you think you can. Get a grip and just keep peddling."
With rising frustration Joe yells back, "listen moron, keep this up and I'll just start shutting off certain body functions and turning on others. That will ruin your day in ways you can't imagine."
I think you get the point, but having come this far down the commitment path, Joe is just going to have to meet my unreasonable demands.
When we finally got started, it was an immediate steep descent down Telegraph pass at speeds of near 40 mph. We spread out to avoid crashes and I started to notice a mild vibration in my frame. I started to brake but the vibration rapidly increased to the point that I was certain a crash was eminent.
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Jason was again the star of the show today and managed to do a vast majority of the pulling, although
I did my fair share. Even with the work load, both Jason and I complete the entire 123 miles while Lawrence and Adam road 105 miles having taken one minor break each due to leg cramps and fatigue. Jim on the other hand, only road 70 miles, but he worked incredibly hard resulting in some of the fastest sections of the entire route.
The hardest part of ride was naturally the last 22 miles, but not just because it was the end of the ride, but rather, because there was a 16.5 mile section of continuous uphill (1,056 feet of elevation gain). To make matters worse, beginning with mile 8 of that uphill, I kept promising the team that the top was in sight, only to find a false summit. My credibility has now diminished to the point that I'm not trusted to comment on any aspect of life.
So tomorrow is the last day of the ride and we have at least 100 miles ahead of us (assuming that we take a more direct route into town). There isn't going to be an easy mile in the whole bunch considering the condition of my rear end, and the forecast for rain. It should be interesting.
Kerry (and Team Tolero)