Distance: 121 miles (124.something for some brave souls)
Weather: not as hot as usual in these parts but sunny and up to the low 90s
First a disclaimer: Our blogging staff member Carole has gone home. She has arrived safely but now it is up to another staff member to write the blog. Carole will be missed. We do have a new staff member, Alex, who was on the crew of the Cross Country Challenge in 2009 and 2010. He won't be writing the blog but will be keeping the ice and water in the jugs, loading luggage, and doing everything he can to keep the riders safe and happy. Welcome Alex!
Riders went from 0 miles yesterday to 121 miles today! Although these miles were flat, the wind started to pick up towards the middle of the ride and NOT in the right direction. Most riders wanted to put in as many miles as possible while it was still cool in the morning so the pace was mostly brisk.
We saw our first feedlot today, which for some was the first one they smelled…umm, I mean saw, in their life. What an education we get out here on the road! Quite a few riders slowed down to stop at the Dairy Queen in Las Animas before heading out to our last sag stop (today there were 3!) in Hasty, Colorado. It was nice to see that the store we had thought was closed had reopened under new management.
Riders arrived at tonight’s hotel after having put in a good 121 miles but…Laura, Liz and Bob went the extra three miles and completed a double metric century for which they were presented certificates at route rap. One, who shall remain nameless, celebrated with a margarita at dinner!
Well it is late…almost 8:30pm and we need to be up and at’em early for a 103 mile day tomorrow. Goodnight!