We awoke to cooler temperatures and cloudy skies (from burning fires in the east and a changing weather pattern). Miss P. figured out a route that would shave some miles off the Mt. Shasta Century to save our legs for climbing Mt. Shasta. She did this last year as well when we did the Fall River Mills century. I've never done a full century, don't really care if I ever do. I'm out there to see the world and have fun with friends, firemen, and anyone else I happen to meet along the way.
The above photo captures some of the first climb we did, about 10 miles or so. It reminded me of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras. We encountered a woman with her huskies, training for dog sledding. She also gives massages as we later learned at the lunch stop. Fun and easy descent, actually much of the route had great long descents, the best being Mt. Shasta.
Just the stats:
34 max descent
9.9 avg mph
7 hr. 53 min.
Didn't do 10,500 feet of climbing but somewhere in the ballpark....