This morning we woke to very sunny skies, with temperatures a little
yesterday. The group assembled a little after 7:00a and headed off for the day's ride at
7:30a. Here are Tom's statistics: 75.65 miles today; 152 miles cumulative; average
speed 13.5 mph; maximum speed 44 mph; time in the saddle 5 hours, 34 minutes, 32 seconds;
total time on the road 7 hours.
Alice had a flat along the way and Don stopped to help her (she was
behind Tom and Don
was behind Alice), so their time was a little longer. And Tom got bit on the lip by a
bee (after getting bitten in half and spit out, the bee was declared the loser in that
battle). Other than that, our troops had an uneventful day on the injury/breakdown
Here is Tom's description of the ride: "We started out from
Buena Vista with much warmer
temperatures than yesterday. The warm temperatures, in combination with a slow climb at
the outset, allowed us to shed our cold-weather gear quickly. We climbed from 8,000 feet
to 10,000 feet on the way to Leadville, which was a 35-mile trip. The last five or six
miles into Leadville, we had a crosswind that made the ride a little more difficult.
From Leadville, we had about five miles of downhill, which was very welcome. Then we had
a five-mile climb that took us up to the summit of Tennessee Pass (a 500-foot gain that
took us up to 10,400 feet). From mile 45 to mile 56, we had a nice downhill ride, but it
was not as enjoyable as it could have been because of the wind. We then climbed three
miles up to Battle Mountain Pass (another 500-foot gain). From Battle Mountain to
Edwards, we had a 25-mile downhill ride that took longer than expected because of a
headwind. We figured that what should have been a 30-minute ride actually took an hour.
But everyone agrees that today's wind was nothing like day 2 of last year's ride!
Whereas the scenery was up close and personal yesterday, today's scenery was far-away
spectacular, with the Collegiate Range to our left until we got to Leadville."