Average speed: 13.9 mph
Vertical gain: 473 ft.
Current Elevation: 4,820 ft.
Today today I rode out of the Rocky Mountains and onto the Front Range, finishing my day in Platteville, CO.
When I woke up at the Busey’s house this morning, it was snowing outside. June 23. It wasn’t sticking, but it was in the 30s.
Nonetheless, I prepared to ride, and after having breakfast, Buzzy drove me and my bike to the end of the dirt road, and then 1/4 mile further to the top of the hill. The precipitation had stopped, and the conditions were okay, if chilly. I was dressed pretty warm, with both tights and leg warmers, and many layers under my Gore-Tex jacket.
The 10-mile ride down was thrilling! At one point, I entered a turn too hot, and thought I was going to crash. But I was able to maintain control and come to a safe, upright stop. No harm, no foul, but it was a good lesson and a reminder to be more careful.
The weather was very overcast, and occasionally spitting rain. After I got to the bottom of the hill and continued across the flatland, the rain picked up.
By the time I got to lunch at Mile 33, I was somewhat damp and thoroughly chilled. It felt good to linger over a cup of hot tea at lunch. (I have not had any coffee for several days now. It was really tempting today.)
After lunch, the rain stopped and the weather was actually kind of nice. I rode the final 10 miles to Platteville, where I am staying with a WarmShowers host.
The weather the next several days is finally looking pretty good. My route is mostly downhill, and I hope to get some big miles in.
I analyzed my current status, and determined the following: if I average 45 miles per day for the remainder of the trip, I will miss the PMC by a week. If I average 65 miles per day, I will have five days to spare. I do not know at this time how many miles per day I will be able to average for the remainder of the trip. I’m still hoping to make the PMC, but I’m not betting on it. I will know more in a few weeks.