Avg Speed: 18.2 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 124 bpm
Climbing: 1,860 ft
Calories Burned: 3,339
Chili ... Geldings Plus One ... More Tailwinds ... Fast ... Loneliest Road ... TV Coverage
The fun from yesterday's scavenger hunt carried over and has officially resulted in a new name for our group ... the Geldings. Jeff's blog has an emotional and detailed account of how we saved "Little Jimmie". Why our fellow riders did not believe the tale, I do not know. They will remember it and giggle for years to come I am sure. After a late breakfast we were the last group to leave around 7:20 or so. It was a tad chili at departure. My vest has paid huge dividends on the trip so far. My arm warmers kept me from getting too cold. The cue sheet to Pocatello called for 82.4 miles, but we would add a few extra miles thanks to some off road riding and a small error in the cue sheet mileage. Some of our group missed the first turn, but we quickly got back on course. Today we meandered around and over the Snake River and got closer to the mountains that will rise to almost 9,000 feet on Monday and Tuesday.
|Our Umpteenth Snake River Crossing|
|Mountains on the Horizon|
|The Loneliest Road in America|
|Leo Meets the Locals|
|1st SAG ... Snowmen For Sale|
|Beth Is On The Attack|
|Faster Than A Speeding Biker ... Where is Wonderboy?|
Following Old Route 30 and close to the original Oregon Trail, we came upon Register Rock Park. Register Rock is a huge boulder that holds the signatures of several Oregon Trail emigrants who stopped for an evening of rest before continuing on their journeys. We added another horse to our stable after leaving the park ... and it was a Philly. Katie joined the Geldings and made quite an impression. She had great pace line form and took a nice pull at the front. We navigated a nice smooth 8 mile run on the highway with no issues. After the second SAG stop in American Falls, we came across Margot from California. We had all been told of a short gravel section on the route ... after cutting under I-86, Margot took a right on a dirt road and we followed thinking it was the section we were expecting. Well, it wasn't that short and led to a train track. We decided it was a bad turn and headed back ... just in time, as a train came by. I think Margot thought about jumping on board, but it was heading west.
|Register Rock ... Oregon Trail Signatures|
|Close Up Of The Names|
|Our New Philly Getting Pumped Up|
|Hmmm ... Are You Sure This Is The Way|
|Margot ... You Missed Your Train|
|Officer ... Do You Know The Way To Pocatello?|
|The Geldings Plus One|
|KPVI Interview ... See Video Below|
After dinner, Mike Munk had us all conduct a safety check on our bikes in anticipation of the big Wyoming climbs that are coming up on Monday and Tuesday. My knee seems stronger, but I plan to "ride my ride" up those big peaks. The thrilling technical descents should be awesome. One more flat day before the climbs ... we ride 60 miles to Idaho Falls tomorrow. It provides the last chance to sleep late for awhile.
Good night moon ... good night Geldings ... good night Flicka (aka Scarlett, aka Katie) ... good night to all those suffering and impacted by lung disease (you inspire my ride and push me to dig a little deeper each day) ... good night Dad (get well soon so I can see you in New Hampshire ... I will ride those peaks for you!)