the upper 60's and was perfect cycling weather. The
humidity was relatively low (compared to the past few
days) and I don't think it ever reached 80 degrees.
Virtually everyone rolled out of the motel together this
morning. We don't often have such a mass start. But
within a few miles, we had started to separate as the
faster riders really took advantage of the tailwinds. On
the way to the first rest stop, we had a nice little
stretch of riding on a tree canopied bike path which was
must smoother than the bike paths we have around
Seattle. And about every 500 yards, a rabbit or squirrel
would dart across the path in front of me.
It seemed like we had just gotten started when we
reached the first rest stop. Everyone was riding fast
and we soon ran out of room on the temporary bike racks
the PAC tour crew set up. The second leg was equally as
fast. As I stopped to take a couple photos, John and
Marlene whizzed by on a tandem as I snapped the photo of
them above. I got back on my bike and struggled to catch
up to them - they were flying, but tandems are always a
bit slower on the uphills, so when we hit a longish
climb I finally caught them. I drafted behind them the
rest of the way to the second SAG stop, riding between
26 and 30 mph all the way. John is a very strong rider
and Marlene was doing her bit as well. This was a
perfect day for a tandem.
By the time Susan got to the first SAG stop with the
lunch truck, all but three riders had already gone
through. When she barely got to the second SAG stop
ahead of us, she declared that the lunch stop was being
moved from mile 78 to mile 93 so she'd have time to get
things set up. She also told us to slow down.
Fortunately for the lunch crew, we had to head east for
five miles or so into the wind before turning south
again which significantly slowed us down. We still got
to lunch well before noon.
Even with leisurely stops at lunch and the rest stops
and a relatively easy-paced last leg, I rolled into the
motel at 2:30, one of the earliest finishes so far.