With 283 miles completed and 183 miles left to go it’s nice that we are having a 52 mile rest day today. Some of the riders are doing the shorter 33 mile route but I am doing the 52 mile option today.
Pam and I started the day by going into town and having breakfast at Kate’s Place which was good. Since this was a short day there was no need to start early so I waited for the temps to get above 50 and started riding at 9am. We rode along the same Rte 550 which was that busy 2 lane road we were riding on yesterday. I reached the 1st Aid Station at mile 20 at 10am and was averaging 20mph despite a 5mph headwind.
I then did the optional 20 mile out and back to Government Springs. This was about a 2000′ climb in 10 miles. I saw a short section at 10% grade on my gps but most of the climb was around 4%. I was hoping the views would have been better at the top to serve as a reward for doing this extra climb.