Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 118 bpm
Climbing: 1,680 ft
Calories Burned: 3,073
A "recovery" ride ... no climbing ... interstate fun ... more sling shots ... and one dumb move
After looking at today's cue sheet and elevation map at dinner last night, I said "There is a god!" That reference came after two long and tough days in the Oregon mountains. Today we actually descended most of the way from Baker City through the Burnt River Canyon and along the Snake River to Ontario. I mentioned Lewis & Clark's route in an earlier posting ... we are also following a good portion of the Oregon Trail. Views of the big mountains are behind us for now, but the scenery is still interesting to look at ... canyons, rivers, trains, small cattle ranches, and treeless hills.
|It's All Down Hill From Baker City|
|A Typical 6:30 AM Load|
|A Long Train ... Now That's A Paceline|
|Great Views of the Old West|
|That's Me on the Left ... Still in My Warmers|
|Beth and Her Independent Fabrication|
A big "highlight" (not sure that is the right word) of the day was three stints on the shoulder of I-84. We spent a lot of time just along side of it on Old Route 30, but had to make our way onto the interstate a few times. I seldom get (or want) to do this. Semis passing you at 60+ mph, rumble strips, construction, and steel belted tire debris are a few of the reasons. Several folks joined forces for the first leg prior to our SAG stop. Not too bad, although I did make sure to check and clean my tires when we stopped (something that would be repeated several times today). I used my tweezers to extract a small piece of wire from a truck tire from my rear tire .. it would certainly have caused a flat had I not found it when I dis. The first rest stop includes some great treats from 2008 rider Jeane from Boise. Great fresh strawberries. Toronto Mark did not sample them as his innards were hurting ... a few Tums from my rolling CVS kit seemed to fix him up. My bag might add a few pounds to my load, but has become the source of comfort and support to me and several of my fellow riders.
|Rest Stop 1 Along I-84|
|Jeane and Joe|
|Tums ... Bring it On|
|No Cows on This Highway|
|Snake River ... Smooth Sailing|
|Rest Stop 2 ... Great Spot|
|Heading Along the Snake River|
|Photo Crasher ...|
|Keep Cool Katie (with Alison and and Our Mechanic Jim)|
|Joe and Dave at SAG 2|
After checking in the "box" (luggage truck) had not arrived, so Dave and I headed to our room to unwind. I had purchased a light weight pair of water shoes for just such situations (avoids the dreaded duck walk with my cleats) ... but, this morning I packed them in my luggage to make make room for my arm & leg warmers. Well ... some folks headed to DQ and I had already taken of my shoes ... and dumb ass me did not think to throw my cycling shoes back on and went out barefoot. That would be OK if I was at the beach or walking on nice green grass, but I was heading across the parking lot. Ouch ... hot ... stupid. Even though it was maybe 100 yards or so, that was enough to burn my feet and give me a pretty good size blister on my left foot. Luckily, John and Teresa offered me a pair of socks for the return trip. So ... I am now sporting two bad knees and a blistered foot ... no pain no gain? My CVS kit is getting a good work out.
|Waiting (Watching) on a Train? (Dave and Me)|
Tomorrow we enter Idaho and head to Boise. A shorter (61 miles) and flat day. On Tuesday we have our first rest day. Toronto Mark and I are looking to get massages and several others are planning on finding a good steak dinner. The easier day and rest day should give my body a chance to recover.
Goodnight moon (actually the sun is still out in the Mountain Time zone) ... goodnight interstate ... goodnight heat (96 degrees forecast for tomorrow) ... goodnight bengay ... goodnight Neosporin ... goodnight Ryan (be safe in Iraq)
|I am an Hour Closer to Home ...|