Distance: 74 miles
We said good bye to Battle Mt about 7:30 this morning and headed out for another spectacular day in the saddle. The first 21 miles were on a flat empty frontage road giving riders an opportunity to get the legs warmed up in preparation for the one and only climb of the day.
And.......you guessed it, back onto I-80 for 4.6 miles to the first SAG stop to refuel in preparation of the 12.2 climb up Emigrant Pass. So what does one think about when doing a slow steady climb like this - scenery of mountains on each side of the Pass - no signs of any civilization (except for vehicles on I-80). Often the mind wonders to the enormity of the task at hand; sometimes to how much you have accomplished so far; sometimes thinking of how to absorb the beauty of this desert area and on and on......
With a great sense of accomplishment, riders tackled the reward of a 8.2 miles downhill. Some riders feathered the brakes, and others just "let it all out"! They entered the town of Carlin for the second rest stop at an active truck stop area. The atmosphere there created a picnic-like sense of happiness and lots of chatter and sharing could be heard amongst the group.
Setting out again riders rode on a bike path that led them into Carlin Canyon where there are very few vehicles - a feeling of serenity and calmness helped riders to absorb the natural beauty in the Canyon. They followed a path under I-80 West and arrived on the East side. Many riders haven't ever experienced the opportunity to look ahead into such a long distance - 12 miles on I-80 and then exiting into the town of Elko and into the hotel for the night.
Riders are becoming more and more familiar with their cycling family for this feat and continuously look out for and encourage each other by praising their success to this point. We have two more long days until the first rest day of this year's CCC.