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Oct 20, 2019 - Coalinga to Sonoma

October 20, 2019 This Best Western Big Country Inn has been modernized with great lighting, roll out desks, Keurig coffee maker etc. Is a deal for $100! There BW is another in Coalinga. For those Tesla owners who charge up in Harris Ranch, this is a good spot to stay. Furthermore, Harris Ranch will pick/return you from the hotel. We had a wonderful prime rib dinner at the Harris Inn Steakhouse. They have a good wine list and the meat is wonderful. Far better than Ruth Chris. We also had the 2015 Martin Ray Diamond Mountain District Napa...

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Jul 17, 2019 - Day 24- Half-Way Day

Day 24 Wall to Murdo SD 100 miles, 4100 feet of climb and I averaged 14.0 mph This morning started out with a truly beautiful cruise through Badlands National Park. Maybe the most pleasant morning of the tour so far. Really nice being in the park before anyone else was really there. Weather was overcast which probably wasen't ideal but still really interesting light. The pictures really do not do justice. Saw a couple of wild big-horn sheep. After we left the park we again began the South Dakota rollers again. Up and down, up and down and...

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Jul 17, 2019 - Day 23

Rapid City SD to Wall SD 57.5 miles,1857 feet of climb, averaged 14.05 mph Another day on the rode riding the continuing roller of South Dakota. The ride profile shows that we lost over 500 feet of altitude yet it seems like we climbed most of the day. Those little ripples on the ride profile are actually 1/4 mile (approx.) rollers that you ride down quickly then have to go through multiple shifts and probably have to stand to finish off. Then the long 5-6 mile climb to actually reach the town of Wall. Not really sure why Wall seems to be...

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Jul 15, 2019 - Day 22

Day 22 Hot Springs to Rapid City SD 73 miles, 6400 feet of climb and I averaged 12.48 mph Another interesting day on the road. First half was a long climb and second half was more downhill. The climb was up through Wind Cave National Park which was really beautiful grasslands and pine & fir forest. It contains a large collection a large collection of Bison, antelopes, prairie dogs. Also contains the area where Custer had his battles. Unfortunately due to time constraints we really can't visit many of these sites. We then did a 9 mile climb...

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Jul 14, 2019 - Day 21

Lusk WY to Hot Springs SD 93.3 miles and 3309 feet of climb I averaged 16.65 mph Okay, I had a plan today. My legs were feeling good and the first half of the ride had more down than up and it started out around 58 degrees but it was forecasted to hit the mid 90's. There were two fairly major climbs, one at mile 74 and another at mile 88. The plan was to bust my ass to get to the climbs before the real heat hit. Seemed like a good idea at the time but really didn't work out all that well. Overall I still had a good day. Got a good paceline...

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Jul 13, 2019 - Day 19 (Day off in Casper) and Day 20

Day 20 Casper to Lusk 109 Miles, 3220 feet of climb and I'm not sure of my average. (lost data) Bobbie was in to visit in Casper and I was really glad to see her and appreciated her coming out for such a quick visit. WE did have a good time and went to visit downtown in the morning even though it was pretty hot. Went in to a country/ranch store which had the biggest selection of cowboy hats and boots I have ever seen. Went to lunch at "The Branding Iron" and visited there new downtown park which had a beautiful clock that had been donated...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Day 18

Day 18 Riverton to Casper WY 119 miles, Averaged 18.6 mph, 2693 feet of climb. Today was another long day and we knew it would be getting hot. WE started at 7:30 with a climb from 4900 feet to 6400 feet over about 65 miles. Certainly not steep, but you would come to the top of a rise and hoping to see some downhill and see nothing but continued climbing out to the horizon which might be another 5-10 miles away. It kinda wears on you mentally. Overall the weather cooperated pretty well it didn't start getting hot until maybe 11:00. WE...

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Jul 10, 2019 - Day 17

Dubois to Riverton WY 80 miles with 2300 feet of climb and I averaged 17.8 mph Really a dramatic change of scenery after descending the continental divide yesterday. WE have entered the land of sandstone, painted and Red Rocks similar to what I have seen in Moab. Also warmer even though this morning started out at 39 degrees. Everyone was shedding clothes at the first rest stop and I went to shorts and jersey. Todays ride was predominantly downhill as we continue to drop altitude. Dubois was at 6917 feet altitude and Riverton is 5500 feet....

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Jul 10, 2019 - Day 16

Jackson to Dubois ID 53.3 miles, 3254 feet of climb. Averaged 14.2 mph This was an interesting day, but aren't they all? Met up with Tom Burch one of our Marin County riders who now lives in Jackson part time and he gave me the quick tour of downtown and we had a quick dinner, Thanks Tom! Started out fairly cold, maybe mid 40's with a long slow climb out of Jackson. This was about a 3,000 foot climb over about 20 miles. Finally crested at the Continental Divide. Unfortunately the Tetons were clouded in most all day so I was unable to get...

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Jul 8, 2019 - Day 15

Idaho Falls to Jackson 90.5 miles 5538 feet of climb, 12.7 average WE left Twin Falls at 6:30 and it was already 60 degrees. Weather was predicted at 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts at .02-.03 so I opted for just my windbreaker, shorts and short fingered gloves. More on that later. WE had a really nice ride out of town, mostly straight with a very gentle continuous climb. Pace lines were very advantageous but we were on a fairly busy highway so had to be cautious. climb continued to the first peak at mile 59 and an elevation of...

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Jul 6, 2019 - Day 13

Burley ID to Pocotelly 86 miles, 2300 feet of climb and I averaged 12.8 mpg Today was a really hard day. Started out with 25-30 miles of direct swirling head winds on a chip/seal road surface which is really hard to ride on. I was bale to average around 8-9 mph in my next to highest gear. I tried getting on to a couple of pace lines but found that it really didn't help much. Everyone was all over the road due to the swirling winds and it took too much mental concentration to avoid hitting someones wheel. I finally gave up and just road my...

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Jul 5, 2019 - Day 12

Day 12 - Twin Falls ID to Burley, ID Another beautiful day on a bike. This was the shortest day of the tour at 36 miles. WE first visited Shoshone Falls which was the highlight of the day. Quite a drop down in to the gorge and we then had to climb out. But well worth the effort. If you are ever in the area don't miss it. Other than that, not much to see. Just more farmland.

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