Stoplights in Suburbia
Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
47Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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It was difficult riding in such start and stop traffic
The mountains around the city got a ton of snow this year. It was great for skiing, with most of the resorts getting well over 700 inches of snow; however, the snowmelt is causing flooding problems and concerns in the city. We were supposed to do a leg of our ride today along a bike path that follows the Jordan river, but after we arrived at a section of the trail where the path was under a few feet of water, we had to find another route. This is one of the many times where we realized how nice it is to be riding on a supported tour. The ride leaders chalked out a detour for us for at least five miles. It actually ended up being a little shorter than taking the bike path, so I'm not complaining.
We stopped at In-N-Out Burger and I resisted the temptation to order a double double (since I don't think they're that great anyway) and had a milk shake instead. Unfortunately, after I downed it, but before it had time to settle in my stomach, we were off on our biggest climb of the day. It wasn't that long, but it was rather steep, and quite difficult for me
I had maybe the craziest hill experience of my life on this ride. We were riding down what would be a normal road when all of the sudden there appears a dip (which we were warned about the night before) that drops away almost instantly revealing a virtual wall of asphalt on the other side. I couldn't see the road dropping away beneath me until I was already on it, like dropping into a half pipe, and after screaming down maybe 100 to 200 feet in less then a tenth of a mile I had to climb right back up a hill just as tall and just as steep. I made it up to speeds over 40 mph almost instantaneously on the way down, and I was suffering like no other trying to keep my bike moving forward on the way back up.
When we got near Provo we were able to ride through BYU's beautiful campus. I thought BYU was basically in Salt Lake City, and if you have a car, maybe it seems that way - but it took us most of the day to ride there. I would love to go to school in Salt Lake City/Provo...
I'm starting to realize that in the future, when I'm looking back at this trip, I'll want to at least see some of the basic numbers for each day's travels without having to log into a separate website to see my GPS files. I'll be adding these six numbers to each post, and I'll be going back to my previous posts and updating them as I find the time. These are mostly here for me, but if they interest you, please feel free to have a look.
Distance: 62.29 mi - 920.54 total
Time: 4:28:30 - 65:30:12 total
Elevation Gain: 1695 ft - 37,616 total
Av. Speed: 14.2 mph - 14.1 overall
Av. HR: 127 bpm - 130 overall
Calories: 4165 - 65,089 total