Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Today I pedaled my bike across 200,000 meters of highway 50... and it wasn't that bad. The weather was hot but cooperative and the route was rather scenic and not very challenging. We were eating breakfast by 5 AM and pedaling by 6, which isn't exactly fun for me, but I was happy to do anything I could to beat the heat.

The miles went by fast and steadily today as the day got warmer and warmer. There wasn't much in the way of wind in any direction which is perfectly alright with me. For a bulk of the riding we were at or above 20 mph, so not only was this my longest ride, but it was also one of my fastest. 

We didn't spend long at any of the support stops because we had one mission today and that was to get to the hotel before the sun melted us into the pavement. We did, however, swing by Dairy Queen in Las Animas where Ron and Bill, two great guys who have been riding with us since San Francisco, reached their final destination. Last year they rode from the Atlantic Coast to Las Animas so this year they rode the other direction to finish their cross country trip. They were childhood friends from New Jersey and they're hilarious guys. We're definitely going to miss them. At Diary Queen they treat all of the cyclists on the trip to anything of their choice - I had a strawberry milkshake and it did not disappoint. 

Scott got a flat about 10 miles out from the hotel in the heat of the afternoon. We would have been able to fix it quickly and keep rolling but it was a pretty brutal flat. The air escaped so fast I heard it while we were riding. He rode straight over a decent sized nail (I should have taken a picture) that poked all the way through his rim in multiple places. Dad MacGyver'd a fix out of rice krispie treats for glue and chewy bar wrappers and a seal over the hole in the tire (we had to replace the inner-tube of course). The rim was damaged and the rim strip was mangled and the tire of course has a huge hole in it now.

Tomorrow should be a lot like today, but with a few less miles to cover and a much greater chance of terrible weather. The forecast is calling for winds up to 30 mph out of the North East which would certainly put a damper on things. I'll hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Distance: 124.94 mi - 1,601.47 total
Time: 6:40:18 - 109:46:39 total
Elevation Gain: 582 ft - 64,493 total
Av. Speed: 18.7 mph - 14.6 overall
Av. HR: 128 bpm - 130 overall
Calories: 8,283 - 109,804 total 

Flat Tire Count:
Scott: 4
Stephen: 3
Dad: 1
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Aunt Pam on

I love keeping up with you guys via this well document blog! What a great experience ! Miss you all ! xoxo

Linda Huling on

Absolutely LOVE the MacGyver fix of Rice Krispie Treats and chewy wrappers!! Would love to see a photo of that one! Resourceful to the max!!

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