Distance: 92 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm with a kick@*% tailwind!
Denny's Grand Slam breakfast offered a huge meal to start another long day in the saddle. Our day today was basically, get on I-80 and ride to the SAG, get back on I-80 and ride to the next SAG, and exit off of the interstate to a 12 mile long "frontage" road into the quaint little town of Lovelock.
One might question if we can legally ride on the interstate - the law says that if there is no other way for cyclists to the next destination, then they may be on it. Riders have been instructed on the proper way to ride the interstate - both riding on the shoulder and navigating the on and off ramps. Vehicular traffic (including tractor trailers, both piggy back and triple back) usually are very considerate of our riders - often they radio each other to announce we are on the road and then they move to the inside lane giving riders wide berth.
One of the hazards that result from truck traffic is picking up a small piece of steel wire scattered on the shoulder by the blowing out of a steel-belted tire. These little pieces of wire can flatten a tire sometimes quickly and other times depending on the length and angle it punctures may take longer. We want to thank Nick and Tom for removing some fairly large pieces of a tire from the shoulder making it safer for the cyclists.
Riders flew like the wind today due to a very strong tailwind pushing them along - less effort for the legs, however still requiring a lot of focus to stay safe. Many of them set personal records for their average speed on a flat road. All were happy to have a very small amount of feet of climb after the previous two days.
Dinner was at a local eatery called the "Cowpoke Cafe". Great meal to end another spectacular day!