Today was a great day to ride. The morning air was cool and fresh after the storm last night and it stayed that way pretty much all day. I love getting out there early to ride too. I had the first two hours all to my self. Well, besides the one raccoon I saw.
Iowa has been much different than Nebraska. It is all hills! Up and down again today. Another 4000 feet give or take. It’s very green too. Beautiful to look at. And there are wonderful barns scattered throughout the countryside. Iowa has the best barns! Throw in a cute, friendly small town every ten to fifteen miles, and there you have it. Iowa.
This is what the elevation profile looked like all day – except some hills were much steeper and some were much longer. And this was only at 25 miles.
The barns (click on any photo to enlarge):
Song of the day:
When you have a tough day, God follows it up with a Glorious one. And this one was oh so glorious! We repositioned around the washed out roads and the non-roads. Then I headed out for a mile high century into Laramie. It was a bit breezy and chilly to start but it warmed up right away, and the breeze was a welcomed tail wind. This was the view in the beginning, so I thought it might be a boring day.
Wrong! There were so many great vistas and lots of animals. I think I saw over 100 antelope throughout the day.
For Tom J. 🙂
After I stopped for lunch with the SAG (I’m so lucky) at about the half way point, that tailwind started to turn into a cross wind and then headwind. It was sustained over 20 mph. Ugh! You know how I like the wind! The last 15 miles into town were particularly tough. I was spent!
Songs of the day:
This first one got into my head this morning and kept coming back all day for whatever reason.
The second one was playing in my ear during the last climb before the run down into town.
I always thought that I was riding through God’s country around the Napa Valley. Then on day 3 of this journey, I got to ride around Lake Tahoe and up and over the Sierra’s. God’s country for sure! Oh that’s right, it’s all His. Well day 3 was remarkable for breath taking beauty and magical descents! And then we hit the Carson Plains…
Day 3 Stats:
72.6 mi., 2717 ft. elevation, 7075 ft. max elevation, 12.7 mph avg., 36.9 mph max speed
Pics of the day:
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