Started out this morning with a little trepidation. The reputation of the I-8 descent for almost 10 miles was greatly exaggerated and was actually the most fun I’ve had yet! Almost 40 mph in stretches, I was passing tractor trailers. They’re limited to 35mph on the 7% grade.
I also ran into another tour group. This one was Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers. And they were definitely pampered. I talked to Bubba about the logistics and he said this trip has 40 riders and 20 support staff. Drivers, chefs, bike specialists and even a massage therapist! Bubba was a great guy and former solo cross country cyclist. He always takes care of any solo cyclists they encounter along the way. I stocked up on gatorade and snacks at their rest stop. I was so elated at the free food and drinks, I forgot to take pictures of them. They take a different route than the Adventure Cycling Southern Tier route, so it’s doubtful I’ll run into them again.
Here’s the day’s ride, you can click on it for the details:
Here’s the temp starting out:
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