Epic Ride!

Being on the western edge of the time zone, it didn’t get dark until after I was asleep. The rain started first.

It started raining at 10 PM and was still r

Our support fleet at 5 AM, the only time I see them all together.

aining when I woke up at 5. I took down the tent in the rain, packed up in the rain, and rode down to breakfast in the rain.

Breakfast is the only photo I have to upload from the day. It was too wet to take any other pictures.

We rode 103 miles in the rain, the last 50 into a headwind. I would not have made it without the company of Alan from Kirkland, WA and Ed and Ally (a father-daughter team) from New Jersey. I rode with Ed and Ally for much of the day, Alan for part of it, and the four of us together rode into Missoula, after we came upon Alan changing a tire just a few miles out of town.

Ally is a newly-minted RN from Rutgers who decided to go on this trip “before I have to be a grown-up”. I can attest that she is a grown-up, riding relentlessly through a driving rain that left us all coated in grit and soaked.

Ed is a union carpenter. He confessed that he likes to ride in front in order to control the pace so Ally doesn’t leave him behind. Being a good daughter, she waits for him at the top of climbs. She is a mountain goat.

Since I have no photos from today, I’ll add some that wouldn’t upload from Thompson Falls. The dam at Thompson Falls

Group photo at the pass
Lunch at the pass, Alan about to summit

The road we took to the pass, view while riding upstream, dawn before the climb

Author: halffastcyclingclub

We are a group of friends who ride bikes. Some of us are fast, some of us are slow, all of us are half-fast. In 2018, one of us is riding coast to coast across the US. If we meet Sal Paradise, we'll let you know.

9 thoughts on “Epic Ride!”

  1. You are doing an amazing job, Steve! Keep going! I’m so impressed–You are beating out the rain, the wind, and the temps! You’re a rock star!!

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  2. Looks beautiful! I’m glad you’re making friends and seeing beautiful places; you deserve it. I hope the rain stops so you can dry yourself and your bike. This would’ve been a good day for the belt drive so you don’t have to worry about rust!

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