sun and heat 1 steph 0

started out with high hopes today, still feeling good from yesterday, little did we know………got about 31/2 hours into ride and just could not keep enough fluids going, we were draining camelbacks every 40 minutes, no breeze, no shade, just sand dunes. we jumped into rv at 1230, temp. over 100 and just not feeling well. we called it a day, going to start at 5am tomorrow and make up a few miles on rest day. got brakes checked, a flat fixed on rv, and a comfort shade rigged up on my bike for sun. we loose katy, our filming guru, she will be back in a few weeks. paul will miss her as she changed his flat tire which he had no idea how to handle.
as jimmy b tought me, you are eating an elephant, some times you just take smaller bites.
be well,
steph

Steph sand dune biking!

 

 

12 thoughts on “sun and heat 1 steph 0

  1. Sorry about the unseasonably warm heat. You made a good decision to get out of it early. Try some wet towels around your neck as you ride. It works in a golf cart when I play in the desert summer heat. The theory is keep your upper torso cool and slightly wet and you last longer in the heat.

    All that BS advice aside, you guys are doing a great job. Just take your time!

  2. Steph – the sun and heat are brutal for sure… but it’s still better than flying commercial to St. Augustine and having to go through TSA security screenings. The shade rig on the bike is going to make a huge difference… like flying on Net Jets. Always remember – “lost and weary travellers find friends on every road”… and you have many friends amigo:

    I hope the day will be a lighter highway
    For friends are found on every road
    Can you ever think of any better way
    For the lost and weary travellers to go

    Making friends for the world to see
    Let the people know you got what you need
    With a friend at hand you will see the light
    If your friends are there then everything’s all right

    It seems to me a crime that we should age
    These fragile times should never slip us by
    A time you never can or shall erase
    As friends together watch their childhood fly

    Making friends for the world to see
    Let the people know you got what you need
    With a friend at hand you will see the light
    If your friends are there then everything’s all right

    Making friends for the world to see
    Let the people know you got what you need
    With a friend at hand you will see the light
    If your friends are there then everything’s all right

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zuzi-yH9VLo

    GO STEPH!

    cedric

  3. Smart call to get out of heat. Survive and advance as they say in the NCAA BB tourney. Also an elephant is a dish best served cool.

    CRG

  4. Steph, glad to hear you are taking the long view and being safe and practical. The elements are going to be a factor every day. Prudence is the better part of valor, as they say. Could you tweet or blog your GPS coordinates? Dave

  5. many years ago, you told me we could transcend our bodies, beyond what we then thought we were capable of. You’ve done that for sure and beyond, way beyond my friend. We are all routing for you. So cold wet towel during the day and cold frosty beer at night! Onward hero, onward!

  6. Mark, this is so much fun to read. Much more interesting than today’s stories about how those with desk jobs die young. Also, weather stinks in Chicago, so you’re not missing anything. All the best, good buddy! Mack

  7. Mark – you are amazing! What an adventure – thanks for sharing your experiences on your blog. Mary and I are in Phoenix now and would like to welcome you when you arrive. When is your projected arrival and location in Phoenix?

    Terry Franke

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