quickly. The further east we got, the fewer farms we say
as the scenery transitioned to wooded rural areas and
small to medium size towns.
As I was
taking a photo early in the ride, Marc, Arend and Mark
rode by so I hurried to catch them. Marc and Arend
always start well after everyone else, but are often the
first to the destination motel even though they take
leisurely stops at all the rest stops. They ride at a
steady 20-22 mph on the flats, but also ride quickly up
the hills. Since they ride almost always ride two
abreast, sitting on their wheel provides a great draft
and they're reasonably easy to stay behind on the flats.
This morning, Roberta's significant other Mark was with
us again and riding along with them.
Fortunately, we didn't have too many hills and I was
able to stay with them. The 80 miles I rode with them
went by very quickly and I still felt very fresh after
lunch. This was a good thing because the terrain changed
fairly dramatically after lunch as we got to the Hocking
Hills. This section of road was a lot of fun, but also
considerably more work than the flats of the morning.
I've never ridden a road with ups and downs and twisty
turns like this - quite similar to a roller coaster
except that each successive hill was not smaller than
the one before it.
the hills felt tougher this afternoon because we haven't
really had any serious hills since the first part of
South Dakota. My legs have become accustomed to riding
hard on the flats with just minor shallow climbs. Since
we've got a lot of climbing coming up in the next couple
days, hopefully they'll get back into shape quickly.
Arend and Mark caught up to me at the last rest stop and
I tried to ride with them for the last leg. I gave up
trying to stay with them on the first big climb. You may
recall from my earlier journal entry that Marc set a new
PAC Tour record for the Big Horn mountain climb. Well
Arend and Mark aren't much slower and I had no chance of
staying with them.
weather today was perfect yet again. I can't believe the
luck we've been having with the weather. I just hope it
holds for a few more days.