This was a tough day! Our first century ride and we were in the Mojave desert all day, on the freeway for most of the miles... Look on the map--I-10 East. The winds were howling again, this time from the north. It was a real challenge keeping both wheels on the road! A large number of people had to sag in, either due to the heat, the wind, or dehydration. I stayed the course, finishing at 4:00, with a 15 MPH average.
Desert riding is indeed a challenge. The advantage of the strong cross wind was its cooling effect, and that's the only advantage! I thought the desert would be flat, hot and dry. 2 out of 3, not bad... we had one major climb today. It was 11.4 miles long! I made it OK. The secret to riding in the desert is to eat and drink until you can't eat or drink any more, and cover up your skin. We were just about unrecognizable! If I can find the photo in my phone, I'll post it later.
I saw a couple of people blow off the road, including Scott, who is a big muscular guy!
People waiting for the computer and have to go to route rap for tomorrow's ride. Oh boy.