Saturday, May 22, 2010
Day 7 Update
In our case, we had high gusting winds (over 60mph) coming from unpredictable directions. Needless to say, after two of the riders went down, they decided to sag us in. In the sag vehicle you can see Susan Notorangelo (RAAM legend; married to Lon Haldeman) in the back with Lara Sullivan from Ely, MI. Then you have (from left to right) yours truly, Jon Batek from Batavia, IL, Max Hogan from Camarillo, CA and Jim Slauson from San Antonio, TX. Jim Captains the a tandem with Lara.
Most riders signing up for a tour of this intensity want to ride every mile. But after experiencing this particular descent, no one complained too much about missing the second half of the ride. For me, it was an opportunity to try to recover a little more for another long ride (193 miles) tomorrow morning. We're starting an hour earlier 5:30am to allow for the added distance. We'll see how things go.
Saddle sores are still uncomfortable, but not getting any worse. We probably go through a couple tubes each day. It's funny how the women pull down their shorts like the guys to lather up. It's like family out here and everyone is going through similar things (discomfort). Some riders are obviously in better shape than others. I started out on the "not so good shape" side, but am slowly creeping up. As long as I can keep the saddle sores at bay and the neck feeling good, I should finish fine. But it's still one day at a time. I'm still working on placing captions with the photos. Sorry for the delay, but keep checking.