most of the day riding with Anne Marie who hales from my
hometown. We met for the first time when I saw her name
on the list of participants for this tour and sent her
an email. Another rider from our area, Karl, took the
photo of us above.
a long day in the saddle. Although it was relatively
flat, we had strong headwinds for the last 50 miles, and
the temperature soared into the mid-90s by afternoon. We
didn't finish the ride until close to 5:00PM. It's
supposed to be a little cooler tomorrow, and hopefully
we won't have the same headwinds.
I'm still feeling good, although like most of the riders
here my knees are a little achy, my muscles are a bit
sore and my posterior is starting to feel the effects of
over 600 miles in the saddle in the past five days. At
the rider meeting on the first day, Susan Notorangelo
(one of our hosts) said that if you get to Missoula and
still feel ok, then you'll probably do just fine for the
rest of the tour. This is usually the turning point when
riders start to feel more comfortable and stronger day
by day. So far, I'm really enjoying myself (except for
the last half of day 2), so I'm optimistic that the rest
of the trip will go well.
If you're reading my journal as I go along, I love to