Another 100 miles! I barely have time to write tonight. It was a great day for riding, cool morning of right below 70 degrees. I got up at 5:45 a.m., and we got started at about 8:15 a.m. after waking the ladies up, eating, and such.
The hotel manager that donated $100 the night before told us how amazing it was to be riding across the country. I just think it’s amazing that I could hear her and understand her the evening before, in the total dark. She was talking to us through her bedroom window on the second floor while me and Katie were sitting on a picnic table outside, yet we carried on a solid 15 minute discussion. That’s the reason I am out there riding, to give those moments to others.
The day was going really quickly, 55 miles in at 12:15 p.m., but then the Sacramento Pass slowed us down. The turn from US 93 to US 50 was bittersweet. I love the idea of riding on 50 since it goes by my hometown, Annapolis, but today it meant saying adios to a friendly tailwind. My bicycle's chain fell off while climbing, after fussing around the the limit screw again. I fussed with it some more, the chain got degreased and lubed tonight.
I measured the chain, and it is still like new. Right now it’s having a hard time moving from the biggest cog the next biggest, yet when it is in the ninth biggest, it sometimes tries to jump up to the biggest. So basically what I’ve done is reversed all of the adjustments I made on Day One of this trip, and then have been kind of playing it by ear. It's probably an ever-so-slightly bent derailleur hanger.
The descent from the Sacramento Pass was great, and then we got 10 miles into Utah before calling it a day. Laundry, van re-organization, dinner, all have happened. A few clothes are hanging to dry. I listened to the depressing last inning of the Oriole's game (they lost 4-6 to the Astros). First time I’ve had time to take in some baseball so far, but it should be getting easier as we cross time zones.
I was thinking today while riding about a new concept called “wind, pavement, flats.” They are the three things that you never ever get all at once.