Wow! The best way to summarize today is it was probably my most memorable day on a bike ever. We covered 95 miles from Grand Junction to Delta that included a 20 mile climb past Powderhorn Ski Resort and over the Grand Mesa. However the last 35 miles into Delta included a screaming descent where I rarely dropped below 30 mph. I have a bigger gear for descents and for extended periods I would pedal fast and increase my speed from 34 to 38 mph.
That was a blast. The curves had long radiuses so you could as fast as you'd like.
I was with a really good fast group at the start and we covered the first 40 miles in under 2 hrs. We got a little later start than planned so there were lots of riders already out. I'm sure we passed at least 1000 riders the first 40 miles.
The next 20 miles we climbed up to 11,000 ft. It was cold and overcast with snow on the ground higher up. It was 45 degrees at 9000 ft so it was probably in the high 30's at the top.
I really felt the altitude in that stretch. Interestingly I would get really lightheaded and dizzy whenever I drank from my water bottle. I was able to go a pace I wanted to ride but just felt a little yucky from time to time. I was prepared for some symptoms but was surprised at how I felt when drinking. I even tried breathing through my nose while drinking but that didn't help. Maybe it was just reaching down to get my bottle?
The first few miles of the descent were painfully cold. However it was so much fun you tended to forget the shivering.
Near the bottom I hooked up with another fella I had ridden with in the early stretch and we hammered to the finish. That was probably not too smart for tomorrow's ride but it was just too much fun not to not go after it.
I've set my tent up near the centerfield wall in the school field we're in. It sure gets warm quickly out in the sun!
I got extremely lucky on a trip into their downtown area. I stopped in a store that had movie popcorn! I got a big box and it was consumed pretty quickly. One of these days I might enter a popcorn eating contest!
Tomorrow is going to be a shorter ride of about 70 miles but it looks to be uphill most of the way. My legs are more tired than yesterday so tomorrow will be a take it easy day.
Funny-there are several ladies that are together in tents around me. One of the ladies apparently lives in the area and got a call from her husband who planned to come by. After hanging up the lady said now I have to socialize with my husband! There is not a lot of privacy in tent city!
Edit: Pictures-I pulled the camera out to get some once in a lifetime photos and got the dreaded batteries exhausted message. I REALLY did do the ride,