134 miles / 2724' climbing / 6:30 hours / 20.7 mph avg (thanks to a wonderful tail wind)
Today was a fast food kind of day. I haven't the slightlest idea how many calories, sodium and fat all this adds up to, but I'm sure if it wasn't for he riding, I'd have to be hospitalized or at least commited:
-Breakfast at McDonalds @ 6am: eggs, 3 pancakes, sausage patty, muffin, hash browns, ham, coke.
-Snack 1 @ 9am: Burger King chicken sandwich, coke, banana, hard boiled egg, 2 oreo cookies, pretzels.
-Lunch @ 11:30am: ham+turkey+cheese+tomato+arugula sandwich, coke, hard boiled egg, banana, 2 oreo cookies, pretzels.
-Snack 2 @ 3:15pm: icecream cone, banana, cookies, pretzels.
-Dinner at Denny's @ 5:30pm: bowl of chicken soup, club sandwich with hash browns.
I may still have another snack before bed time and I forgot to mention the bottle of sports drink I always carry (120 Cal). Tomorow I have another 130+ miles to Albuquerque so I have to prepare myself.
Today we were blessed by a steady strong tail wind that made a potentially long day a bit more enjoyable. My butt is quite thankfull for this. Other than that, we rode more than a 100 miles on I-40, crossed Navajo County and Apache County, had an amazing blue sky dotted by painted clouds and encounter the occasional dinosaur (Andrea would have loved this).
Last but not least, all thanks to Lori, I have gotten a "care package" every day and I made the mistake of sharing some of the goodies (cookies, banana bread, Poky, manjar) with the other riders so now when we get to the hotel they check for me if I got another one. I think the married ones are getting a bit jealous and the single ones are starting to wonder what they may be missing.
As you can see, today I feel energized and I have access to a decent computer so it is easier to blog in more detail. Good night all and thanks for all your support. I'm getting emotional now...