All of the miles

So there are 11 states I’ll be riding through on this journey of a lifetime: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

As of today I have ridden all of the miles in two of them. (Washington and Idaho)

If all goes as planned, Oregon will be complete by the end of the week.

Yesterday was my fastest 50 miles in many years at 3 hours 45 minutes. It was a good downhill for the first 25 miles, and I was feeling good. Then as I was getting to Malta, Idaho a large dog chased me for about a mile, barking within inches of my heels, and I had to push myself harder than usual to keep from being bitten. By the time he gave up I had expended so much energy it was tough to complete the remaining 18 or so miles, but I did, of course.

Today’s was 68 miles. Mom came with us to see what this thing was all about and there was a HUGE fringe benefit that let Randy have some time on the road with me. She did a fantastic job, too. (Just like Chuck did last week!)

Anyway, Randy was a trooper. He got 35 miles rocked out, and hasn’t been on a bike in almost a year. It was awesome having him along – literally for the ride. That said, he’s hurting this evening. He may have overdone it a little. I’m more exhausted than hurting.

Rest day tomorrow (and travel to Mount Hood). Happy riding, everyone, and have a LOVELY Labor Day.

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