Day seven. Sunday April 27, 2008.
Gallup, NM. to Albuquerque, NM
Temperature was in the lower 20's and wind strong against us all day for about 140 miles. I do not like pace-lines but under those conditions it is the only way to go reasonably fast. I did have my first accident. I had to blow my nose and I bumped the guy in front or he bumped me. I took a tumble but was able to roll like a ball. The bike had some repairable damage. Much of the day was on expressway shoulder so we covered long distance reasonably fast.
I had to replace the Rear tire with a Continental Gatorskin tire. I also changed the cassette to a 27-12 cassette. I do have a triple crank. This should allow reasonable cadence on the hills yet to be climbed.
The bike got fixed up and looks like new. Do not forget your Credit Card on such a tour. Emergency repairs are pricey.
Waking up this morning showed heavy bags under my eyes. I was not the only one. We needed this day off to get some rest.
There is a significant number of bikers needing SAG transportation. Most of us will not do that unless we get injured. Tomorrow will be another long hard climbing day out of Albuquerque to Las Vegas, NM.
Until then, Will