What a great day.
First of all, I have to tell you how hard it was. I’ve done several somewhat hilly Century rides before, and my time on these rides is usually around 6 to 7 hours. This was harder; this was WAY harder. We did 52 miles today from motel to motel. We started real riding at 9 a.m. and got to Pine Valley at 5 p.m., with a 1-hour stop in Alpine for a great lunch. After our break in Alpine, the wind kicked in and kicked our ass. No little wind, either, this was at least 30 mph. At times in the afternoon we were only doing 4.5 mph. On I-8 the wind was especially brutal. On the few descents there were, we had to pedal downhill. It was very discouraging, but we kept plodding along. And that bridge over The Sweetwater River? Don’t look over the side if you have any fear of heights! But I started this entry by saying what a great day it was. The temperature was perfect leaving San Diego: no leg warmers, no hat, no gloves. I only needed a light jacket, which I took off after an hour. Mike led the way to Alpine, traffic was light, and the bike lanes were great. I really enjoyed the city riding through San Diego. Not bad at all.
Today we saw palm trees, eucalyptus, cactus, and finally snow in the mountains. We heard birds and frogs and roosters and trucks. Here’s hoping I don’t hear Tim snore tonight.