We had a great camp spot last night along the shore of Lake Diablo.
Got going at 5:30 this AM. Had to make 49 miles and the first 31 were straight uphill so we had to allow plenty of time.
This probably doesn’t look steep to you but it definitely was…especially when you consider it went on for 31 miles! Good shoulder and very little traffic so that helped.
The first 26 miles was a climb of about 2,500’ to Rainy Pass at 4,500’. It wasn’t raining but that is a snowbank I’m standing on!
After that I was pretty spent and we had to climb another 1,000’ in 5 miles to Washington Pass at 5,500’. This will be my highest crossing for a while, so got that out of the way.
Dennis could really just ride circles around me going up the hill. He has me set the pace and will stop with me on those climbs. There are a lot of stops.
The final 18 miles was downhill. I’m pretty good at that. We got up to 32 miles/hour. Feels pretty fast on a bike. Probably fast enough.
We reached Mazama at 2PM. Lots of saddle time. Makes me pretty confident that, if I ever get out of the mountains, I can do some pretty big miles.
That won’t happen tomorrow. Another pretty good climb up Loup Loup Pass. Won’t be nearly as long as today’s climbs so we’re hoping to make 50-55 miles.
Feeling good physically. Recovering quicker every day.
Thanks to all for your support.