Monday, June 9, 2008

Day 9 From Battle Mountain, Nevada to Elko, Nevada - 73 miles

Today was an amazing day - we had a strong tail wind almost all day - we were flying down the roads at over 25 miles an hour without even trying - it was fantastic! Well, I almost forget, we did have a climb up to Emigrant Pass (which was a nice climb - that is Don and I pictured at the summit) and had rumble strips that we went over for miles on I80E and couldn't avoid (see video above). The scenary was amazing with a canyon view at one point and nice snow covered mountains (the Ruby mountains) in the distance. I couldn't have asked for a better day.

I have been riding with the same group of about 10-15 other riders and have enjoyed our conversations and getting to know them all well. We had many laughs today and overall everyone seemed in a cherry mood; we were all enjoying ourselves. We had lunch at Burger King and the group all got doo rags for their heads (I refused to get one... you'll understand when I get a photo up here of all of them with their doo rags! Oh man! :) We were having tons of fun. I was welcomed to Elko by Deb and Gary (a nice couple from Chicago) treating me to coffee at a local coffee shop. Everyone in Elko has been super friendly and nice. We learned that there is a local college here and this is definitely not "in the middle of nowhere" - it is a nice town. According to Gary, it is one of the top 100 places to retire... not completely sure why but it seems like a nice enough town.

I had a lovely afternoon swim in the indoor swimming pool and enjoyed some conversation with some locals in the hot tub. I am resting up for the next two days, which will be consecutive centuries plus (108 miles ish and 117 miles ish)! YAHOO! Bring it on baby (just no wind, pleeeease :)


Anonymous said...

Hooray, you made it! I am so jealous!!! I want to join the bike group!!! I can't wait to see all the pictures and hear all the stories.

Dani Schmidt said...

Hi Audrey-

Just got the info for your blog today from Georgia. Wow! Looks like you are having an incredible time.
I have added your blog to my RSS feeds so I can follow your journey.


Jen said...

I got your link from Georgia too! I've read it since Day 1 and will follow along with you. What a great adventure and it sounds like you're loving every minute of it. You'll be in my thoughts each day. Power to you!

Amara sends big kisses, too!

Unknown said...

With video yet! I get tired just reading your blog. Don't know if I can get through the next two days.

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures, keep them coming! Miss you : )

- Natalie

Anonymous said...

Hi Audrey, I so wish I were traveling with you even as the SAG driver. lol Read your blog daily but have yet to see the videso. I can't find any place to click on to view the videos. I really want to see that "pace line". Help! 25mph due to a tail wind WOW! Wait til tomorrow. There are high winds coming through the valley now and should catch up to you (for a tail wind) in about 15-20 hours before it hits the midwest in about 36 hours. So glad you are having such a wonderful time. "Flat" CAN be fun when you are FLYING at 25mph. Yahoo!
Love you, Aunt Joyce