|Gary leading the charge uphill.|
|Phil & Gary about to ride down hill. FREEZING|
|Pete riding solo up the hill near Torrey UT|
|Pete never quits. He is the Energizer Bunny of the group.|
Everyone in the world should drive Utah SR12 from Panguitch to Torrey. I am adding a road trip along this route as part of my bucket. The vistas are indescribable. The bike ride today was another challenge. When we were having our second breakfast in Boulder, we decided to tackle the pass in front of us in different ways. Phil, Dave and Gary decided to put the bikes on the car and drive them to the top. Phil and Gary would ride down back toward Boulder and Dave would come and get us and drive us back to the top. Pete however thought that did not meet his goal of riding every mile in the right direction. So he rode the whole way up. The weather was difficult. There were strong winds and squally rain. Gary and Phil's ride down was fast but it was a struggle to hang on with the strong cross wind, cold temps, sleet, rain, and snow. We met Pete coming up as we came down. He had a tough slog heading into the wind. Dave picked us up in Boulder and brought us back to the top where we met Pete. Then Gary, Pete and Dave rode down to Torry still experiencing strong winds. So strong in fact that we knew the winds would make it impossible to set up our tents. The Days Inn has a hot tub and pool. :)
Do you have a goal in mind? ... something you want to get out of the experience?
* Why'd you decide to keep a blog?
Do you have any trip photos yet you could send me to run with the column?
Our goal is Yorktown VA, riding one day at a time. Our goal is the same as a mountain climbers - because it's there. Each day has a goal. We look forward to the next city - 50 to 75 miles ahead. We have no firm date to finish. Every day has it's own vistas to experience. The riders see it from the bike. I the SAG driver am experiencing it driving 25 to 45 miles per hour. I have never taken such a slow car trip - stopping at nearly every turn out to enjoy God's country.
We decided to keep this blog because, 1. I wanted to keep a travel diary. 2. Family and friends asked us to keep them informed, 3. My grand kids are following our progress on maps and are getting a geography lesson. and 4. We saw the value of blogging on another bike tour.
We have started attaching photos to past postings. We are still learning how to down load them from our cameras and phones with varying success. SO keep looking back and you may see new pic and edited text.
You asked about the "spiritual" nature of this venture. No it is not anything outside our normal dedication to God. The reading we are doing may have religious content. The vistas I saw today convinced me once again that we have an awesome creator God. But the trip does not have a special spiritual quest.