Day 5 Ride across America

Today was a lovely mixture of stunning scenery, hard work and simple landscapes. There are now two groups of riders. The fast group – Marco, Francois, Morton and Todd and the not as fast – Jen and myself. If you use Strava, you can find the four men listed – their routes and times are shared with other riders. They have been ranked in the top 10 of all riders using Strava on some of the roads we have biked. As on previous rides with ABB, the slower group will start out with one of the team leaders 30 minutes before the others. Today, Judy, Jen and I started at 6:15.

With a little planning, I met my dear friend, Dr Dan Goldsmith in Sedona! What a treat. And the scenery in and around Sedona is spectacular. Please go if you have not been. Bring your hiking boots!

The route from Cottonwood to Flagstaff is mainly uphill – especially the switchbacks east of Sedona. Fortunately, I had trained sufficiently and had my best “time” of the three rides that I have done on that route. From Flagstaff, it was a slow descent to Winslow on Interstate 40. The surround is mainly prairie grass and a few scattered scrub trees. The trains often run along the Interstate with hundreds of cars behind 5 locomotives. Also, we saw one of the first signs marking a stopping point of Route 66 just outside of Flagstaff. Of course, we stood on the corner in Winslow, AZ as in the song by the Eagles. I finished the day at 4 pm.

Working on video of the ride – waiting to resolve technical issues.

Tomorrow, day 6, we have breakfast at 5 and leave by 6 for a long ride to Gallup, NM. We have been warned to expect flat tires and carry extra inner tubes. Mike had 6 flats today.

Switchbacks east of Sedona

12 thoughts on “Day 5 Ride across America

  • Making great progress. Beautiful scenery. Great to read about your experiences. Didn’t realize how frequent the flat tires are on the ride. Ride safely and enjoy.

  • I admire what you are doing Jeff. Be safe on the interstates!! Love the descriptions and photos.

  • I assumed the ride would be challenging but I never imagined you’d be biking those switchback roads. Amazing!
    Thanks for the great verbal visuals.

  • I need clarification on the characters – you’ve got the 4 fast guys (Marco, Francois, Morton and Todd), you, Jen, and Judy. So who is Mike who keeps getting all the flats?

  • Jeff, another great summary. You really have your work cut out for you! Too bad the group has shrunk, but you seem to be making the best of it. Incredible photos, and i loved the Winslow one. The computer graphic of each day’s ride is amazing.

    Looking forward each day to your summary. Hope you have plenty of spare tires and tubes!

    Paul

    • Thanks, Paul. I feel lucky with only two flats thus far. Our lat day on I 40 is tomorrow. I’m carrying plenty of inner tubes- just in case. Several of the riders check Strava – for the best times previously recorded for these routes. Then, they go out with the intent of besting those results. Fortunately, I love the scenery and enjoy a much slower pace. 🙂

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