It was only 75 at 6am. A good sign that the temperature would not be 110. It was 101 at lunch.
I planned to be out 8-10 hours a day but so far everyday has been in the 11-12 hour range. Today would be an 11 hour ride, 116 miles and 3500 ft of climbs. A very hard day.
A pattern is developing. Lee, from Australia, John, from Alaska, and I were the last riders in on day 1 and day 2 completely by accident. Today we again found ourselves coming together at about mile 60 at the back of the riders. Not that we were the slowest riders. We were the slowest riders still slugging it out. I am surprised at how many riders give up in the heat and how soon. Sure the guys from Sweden are crushed and I understand why they stop early. Maybe everyone else has the good sense. Today we were joined by Donna, a very determined cyclist, for the last 20 miles.
We were last in again today and we couldn't care. We slugged out the ride, encouraged each other, and had a great time.
In the Arizona Desert