Only 750 miles remaining! That's a lot of calories!
Another down! Today was Buena Vista to Edwards which is near Beaver Creek. Another 76 miles that was really tough the first half of the ride which was to Leadville.
I appreciate Bike WNC tipping me off about the first half of today's segment. It was uphill just about the whole way to Leadville. Plus there was a really brisk headwind that made it pretty brutal.
I jumped into as many pacelines as I could. If I was solo I'd jump into a line that came screaming by-if you can call a line going 11 mph vs my 9 mph screaming.
Today was all about saving energy for the days ahead. I easily could have worn myself out so badly I might not have recovered. Probably the best way to describe most of the ride today was relentless! However we were treated to a really fast last 15 miles downhill-just what we needed to save the day.
I did stop and get some of Dan's pancakes. I have eaten lots of pancakes but his are the best you'll ever eat. He remembered my email and picture I sent him so he gave me an extra helping. I just wish he was with us next week!
I did not get the chance to see the countryside as much as usual as I was too busy hugging wheels.
What I did see was amazing as always-snow covered mountains in the distance, rivers running alongside us most of the way with rushing water plus lots of gorgeous valley floors.
I only hope the folks that passed me with a lot of speed today were locals who are very acclimated to the elevations! I'm sure it wasn't because of lack of effort on my part!
We're staying at a really nice new High School complex. It is huge. I set up my tent behind a soccer goal only to find the players come out to practice. I hope they are accurate!
Tomorrow is a leg over to Steamboat Springs where we'll be for 2 nights.