Cycling Date: Wednesday 02-July-14
Mileage: 79 miles
Weather: Upper 40s to start. Upper 70s to end. Winds light(ish) mostly favorable, except for when they weren’t.
Highlights of the day:
Today’s blog entry starts where I left off yesterday. All about food! Our breakfast this morning was back at Nostalgia Bistro. Shannon Chandler (chef/owner) and crew cooked up another great meal. Real eggs. Thick bacon. Fluffy pancakes. And lots of real oatmeal. It sounds so simple yet prepared so well, I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. I’ll end this with a big thank you and see you next year to Shannon Chandler!
Now back to the ride. After two challenging days with significant climbing, today’s route was primarily down hill.
We had to lose 2000’ in elevation and the riders had fun. Add a tailwind of sorts all the way into the 2nd SAG stop and you get a day where many riders had personal bests in terms of average speed (at least for this tour).
The landscape has been changing rapidly over the past few days. Towering mountains with tall pines have given way to rolling hills covered with sage. Today’s vistas started with what I think are sedimentary hills. (I’m not a geologist and I don’t pretend to play one on tour) But there were layers. Lots of layers on buttes and hills. Ten miles down the road, it changed to red rock. Bright red rock. The pictures either look surreal or don’t do them justice. Eventually, the scenery calmed down to what we will be seeing lots of over the next several days. Wide open high desert vistas with sage brush, tumble weeds, and a small stand of hardy trees every once in a rare a while.
It was a well earned and needed “active recovery” day. Tomorrow we ride 120 miles to Casper. We’re seeing mostly W in the wind directions and moderate temperatures that might just touch the 90s. May Mother Nature be kind to us and make it so!