A day of ups and downs – literally and figuratively.
I started off today with a 15km climb, and with tired legs and no chance of a warm up, it went about as quickly as you’d expect.
The descent down the other side was fantastic though. A wide, steep road produced the fastest speed of the whole trip (52.2mph / 83.9km/h – sorry Mum) and actually the first time I’ve got over 50. This has come as a bit of a surprise, as coming into this trip I thought the added weight of the panniers would speed things up; I have come to realise that the additional weight is completely negated by the aerodynamics.
Anyway, after a few more hills, things changed for the worse. I didn’t bonk (‘hit the wall’) but I found myself completely empty. Rather than lacking in energy I think it was more a case of a months worth of fatigue catching up with me. My legs had no answer to the road that kept heading upwards and mentally I was totally lost… I knew that that complacency I mentioned yesterday would come back to bite me in the arse!
After stopping for something to eat I felt pretty much the same and the next 40-50 kilometres or so were painfully slow.
After this, the weather turned. The rain came from absolutely nowhere and as miserable as it made me, it actually woke me up. I think the cold shocked me into action and the final 20kms or so were actually not so bad.
I have half a day left in the States… Although I don’t think that has really sunk in yet.
Distance: 97.5miles / 156.9km
Riding Time: 7:15:01
Av. Speed: 13.5mph / 21.6kph
Elevation Gain: 1933m