Sorry about the double blog. Administrative tasks have been stacking up and we, as a group, have started working on them. You will see:
Updated media page, with some new audio and video media sources. Several more to be listed, as well as newspaper and social media reporting.
Event details have been added to the website and Facebook.
As of this evening we have travelled 3,974 km – which is longer than the distance between Los Angeles and New York City.
We have also travelled 25,898 m of vertical rise, which is equivalent to climbing approximately ten times the highest vertical rise in the 2022 Tour de France (Col du Galibier at 2,642m)
The last two days we have been grinding out kilometres. The gaps between communities in the north are very large, and we have days to make up in order to stay on track with our schedule. The weather has not helped. Yesterday we battled flag-crackling headwinds all day, and today we had a blanket of fog that was so thick that it concealed all sights more than 1-200 meters away and muffled all sound when the trucks stopped rushing by for a moment. It didn’t help that we lost the shoulder for much of the day today. We are being as safe as possible. We are lit up like Christmas trees, we both have radar to warn of danger, and we are very attentive to the road and autos. In truth, the cars and trucks have been very courteous with us – even thoughtful. The only consistent – well, um, jerks – have been RV buses towing additional things, like cars, boats or additional storage. They don’t budge off their line. I’ve had time to come up with lots of theories to explain it. What else is there to do when the combined weather conditions make you dead and blind?