Sunday, March 15, 2009

Galloping to Globe

Last night Linda made poached salmon, noodles, and quinoa salad, tossed salad, and cheesecake for desert. She's ruining our figures! Nevertheless, the riders were wide awake at 6 a.m. for hotel breakfast and ready to ride before the butt-crack of dawn (our favorite term for the early morning). While the cue sheet indicated only 55.7 miles to travel, we had two significant climbs, so everyone was ready for a long, but successful ride.

Our first big climb started around mile 18, but we had been steadily and gradually climbing since we left the hotel. The first climb took us to 2,651 feet at Gonzales Pass. It was no worse than riding Rt. 103 from Chester to Proctorsville - just a long, low-gear pedal. We had a teaser downhill into Superior, where we started the 10.4 mile climb to 4600 ft. Went through one tunnel, which was fun at first because I was the only person in it and made noises to hear their echo. When the traffic started to race in, the noise became deafening and it was a bit terrifying because there wasn't much room in the lane for a car and me. Last year's riders were turned around at this tunnel because of snow. Not the case this year!

This sign was heartwrenchingly deceiving. It came at mile 37 according to my odometer, but according to my cue sheet the top of the climb wasn't until mile 40.2. My cue sheet was right. Had another teaser downhill, then right back uphill. After that it was mostly downhill to Claypool, then some uphills to Globe (elevation around 3800 ft.).

In Globe I detoured through Historic Globe and then down to the Besh-ba-gowah indian historic site and ruins. The site is on the national historic register and was well worth the $3 admission. The Hohokan indians populated the area eons ago. They mixed with other tribes and eventually became the Salado (this is all according to the video at the site), who occupied the area from 1100-1400 A.D. They disappeared from the scene around the same time as the Anasazi - probably due to drought.

Saw more of those cute long-eared bunnies, and three "dead skunk in the middle of the road stinkin' to high heaven." Saw some of the prettiest scenery on the trip, but didn't want to stop too often and try to pedal again uphill. Was a bit unpleasant with lots of traffic on the route (mostly on US 60), but most people tried to move over as they passed. I wish they knew how much we would have liked to have a good shoulder on the uphills to get out of their way!!

Bike stats: 62 miles (yes, Kak, detours count); 6 hrs. 24 minutes riding time; 445 miles total for the trip. Food: three small pacakes, one blueberry minimuffin, orange drink and coffee for breakfast, banana and two Go Lean bars on the road, bean burrito in Globe, and tonight we go to the Country Kitchen restaurant next door.

Tomorrow is a sag driving day.


Thom Kelley said...

I can't believe you're voluntarily making side trips! And don't worry about Kak keeping up - she still hasn't uncovered her bike from the clothes she has hanging all over it!
Mom said you are now on page 2 of the trip sheet! PROGRESS!
Love you lots and can't wait to see you in Kerrville.

marty said...

Okay - It must be late and I'm not used to this blogging thing. I sent a comment, but was logging in at your first blog. OH well! My only comment about your photo with Aunt Kathy is "sunscreen" and "thanks Mom for the chins"!

Horseshoe#1 said...

"Butt-crack of Dawn"

It's good to see the rigors of the trip haven't made you any less of a lady.

kak said...

Ah ye of little faith. Am a wee bit behind but not my much. Have noticed that this exercise builds up legs but does nothing for the chins. Bill says I have more chins than a chinese phone book. Bet Nancy has buns of steel by now! Are you seeing signs of spring yet? What a cool way to see our country. Know Dad is looking out for you. Love you so much. Kak