I think America is trying to kill me…
Today started off fairly well. I was making good time and I had it in my mind to push for an early finish today so that I could get my wheel looked at without any time pressure.
The first 60 miles went very much to plan and I was enjoying the ride. At this point, I decided to stop and stock up on water as I wasn’t sure how many opportunities I would get further on. I ended up getting something to eat as well which I was a bit annoyed at myself for because I was fine for food and it delayed me a fair bit.
All I can say though, is that it’s lucky I stopped. I would have found myself in quite a lot of trouble had I not bought more water. I was running very low as it was by the time the next shop came around – 30 miles later. The distance wasn’t the problem, but the temperature hit new highs for the whole trip, I think coming very close to 44 degrees at its highest. The problem was accentuated by the fact that the sun stays almost directly above for a very long time; meaning that the very few trees that are around, offer next to no shade at all.
When I did make it to somewhere to buy liquid I ended up drinking a litre of Powerade in one go… Apparently even the drinks only come in large portions. I feel I was justified given the situation but honestly, America – that amount of sugar cannot be a good thing. Whilst it was probably what I needed, I did feel slightly unsettled for the remaining half hour.
Today was hot… that is pretty much all I will remember about it
Distance: 101.9miles / 164.0km
Riding Time: 6:52:59
Av. Speed: 14.8mph / 23.8kph