Distance: 75 miles
Weather: Windy, clear, sunny, and hot - mid 90s. Did I mention windy?
Today we left Provo and headed up to Routes 89/6 where riders where literally faced with an incredible amount of wind. Thus a small wind farm (with huge windmills) has been developed after many years of local resistance at varying levels. The original plan was for 7 windmills and it has grown to that over the years.
After passing through the wind farm, riders were treated with about 25 miles of nothing but beautiful green vegetation covering the mountain sides with very little sighting of civilization. After their sag stop at mile 36.6 riders refueled before beginning the climb up to Soldier's Summit at an elevation of 7,447 ft.
And then the most difficult part of the day began, as riders headed down 22.3 miles of a curvy technical downhill. Sounds like fun, you say, well it could have been except for the fact that riders were faced with a strong headwind!!! Riders were forced to pedal as if they were climbing before finally arriving in the town of Helper which got its name because originally several locomotives were kept their to help trains get up the steep climb to Soldier Summit.
The next 7 miles brought riders into the town of Price where they were met with oranges and water from the hotel. Many chose to clean their bikes before having dinner at the hotel and in for a good night's rest. Tomorrow temperatures are expected to soar even higher and all have been advised to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate tonight in preparation.