This was a pretty intense day on the bike with more than 100 miles of riding and approximately 4,000 ft of climbing through 5 passes. The climbs were of the type that seemed relentless, and when you finally did crest a rise, rather than the expected down hill, there was a brief level section before another long climb. By the fourth pass, I was silently weeping having hoped that the worst was over. By the time I started climbing the fifth pass, I was contemplating throwing myself into traffic to end it.
What made these climbs paricularly difficult is that the grade varied between a mild 3% and a horrendous 10%, combined with a head wind of 10+ mph. Aside from this rather signficant "pain and suffering" component, the terrain that we traveled through was spectacularly beautiful and I hope that you get a sense of this from the pictures.
While we rode more than a 100 miles today, the plan had been to ride almost 125, but the road conditions in one area made a 23 mile stretch unrideable.
After loading our bikes back on to the SUV after riding the first 28 miles out of Kingman, Lawrence started fooling around with the first aid kit. When he pulled out some mole skin, I asked him where he planned on using it and he pointed toward his groin. I assumed that he was opting for the mole skin over the Icy/Hot patch. He surripticiously applied the moleskin from the backseat (Holly was instructed to close her eyes which didn't seem like a good idea because she was driving.) It was then, that I told him that my experience with mole skin was that it was just slightly harder to remove than peeling off your own skin. I suggested that it would either become a permenant part of his anatomy, or the removal process would be more intense than a branding.
After the ride this evening, we could hear the results of the removal attempt from 5 rooms down the hall.
I need to cut the blog short tonight because it is already 11:00 PM and I need my beauty sleep. Wish us luck tomorrow because the ride will be close to 120 miles, although with significantly less climbing.