Head Wind Served All Day.
We started our day with another famous candy breakfast. “What will you be having today, sir?” “I’ll have the Big Hunk, Skittles, and a shot of Hammer Gel, please.” And to drink? “Water and Perpetuem please.”
After 30 miles, we rolled into Akron, CO and rustled up a LITTLE grub. One guy drove his ride-on mower to the coffee shop. After a short break, we headed back out into the head wind. And pedaled and pedaled into the head wind. My iPod is still acting up so I did not have any music.
Once I hit the town of Otis I was famished, I told Chris I would see him in Wray. I pulled into a little cafe for a burger. People are friendly in that town. I talked to a couple of local farmers about life in Otis. Steve (one of the farmers) paid for my lunch on his way out. Thank you, Steve.
About two minutes out of Otis I got a flat, oh darn. It was a rear flat, to boot. That means I have to pull the rear rack off to get the tire off, oh darn. On the road again back into the head wind.
Because of my last minute decision to ride unsupported with Chris I had to adapt my bike for the gear. The best bike for this ride would be a touring bike. If you wanted to ride fast with support, you could use a fancy race bike, my bike is neither. My bike is a Trek 1500 with Shimano 105 gears. The wheel set is an Easton 70 with 700 x 28 Gator Skin tires. It’s not a bad way to go, but I don’t have welded on attachments for my rear rack. So I used a Bob trailer skewer to adapt the rear rack. What? The bottom line is that it is a pain to change the rear tire. Why didn’t you just say that in the first place?
So I pedaled back into the wind, and pedaled and pedaled. I received a text message from Chris that said, “Don’t worry the head wind never let’s up.” After I got the iPod going and a little more sugar on board, I rolled into Wray.
The fire department here is volunteer and does not have beds. No worries they have like 20 couches. They have a great station. I had time to do some much-needed bike maintenance. Turns out I had another flat so I fixed that and gave the bike a wipe down. We ate at the bar across the street. I’m still waiting for the pulled muscle in my back to go away.
Let’s talk about Semi Trucks for a minute. As they pass you they suck you in a little and give you a little push. Sounds good right? Great until they come at you from the other way. The best way to deal with it is to put your head down and take the wind blast. The wind blast is usually warm and smells like cow poo from the cow transport trucks.
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