Monday, September 7, 2009

Day 2 - Bryce Baby!

Monday, August 31
Tour of Southern Utah with Planet Ultra
Mt. Carmel Junction to Bryce Canyon
3710' climbing

You know the drill -- The BF woke me up at some absurd hour. I left the Thunderbird Inn with the other slow pokes, knowing that the faster cyclists would easily catch up to us within an hour. Sigh. It was 60 degrees when we left. After climbing for a bit (elevation 7500 ft), a lovely descent welcomed us.

There's The BF and others on a climb.

The first of many rolling descents. Regrettably, one of our troopers, a retired military man, crashed and broke his wrist on this stretch. He spent the rest of the tour providing support for the rest of us. What a guy! Along the way, I saw 6 dead deer, all in varying degrees of decompostion.

The BF and I took a bus tour of Bryce after we arrived. It was spectacular.

The next day, some of us hiked in Bryce Canyon before heading off on our bikes to Escalante Grand Staircase. Still a puffy marshmellow waiting for the swelling to subside.


59 miles
38 mph max
12.4 mph avg.
4 hrs. 45 min.

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