tough day

we lost 5 more this morning…………..team thining out. 4 riders this morning. we circled back to where we left off, got going around 845, a couple miles of flat and then the first of 3 climbs. it took about 3 hours to get to where we spent night. it was getting tough, sun was relentless, no shade anywhere. we broke out the unbrella for lunch. we kept pushing on as we crested at 4000 feet, the border fence appeared on our right side. thus started our race to sea level. our road ended and we jumped on hwy 80 for a 14 mile decent to sea level, this was hairy, very fast,lots of trucks. we got to sea level, put in a few more miles and called it a day at 545. we were all spent and crispy.
we are on flat ground and are getting an early start in morning, trying to get some serious miles. dinner in room, shower, and i am going to crash.
be well,
steph

17 thoughts on “tough day

  1. Steph,

    Less than a week ago, you would have been cruising through the desert near El Centro with temps in the low 70’s, so a bad break there… and unfortunately it looks pretty ugly for the next several days. But you are tougher than anyone I know, and you’ll be in Phoenix before you know it. Reinforcements are on the way! Stay strong buddy… STEPHSTRONG! – ced

  2. BONNEL:

    “So take it as far
    as you see and beyond
    With eyes you don’t use enough
    to gather up strength;
    As Thoroughfare Gap
    What awaits is whatever you see
    When you get there
    or even before;
    It’s no matter.
    No distance.
    It’s the ride.”

    STEPHSTRONG!

  3. Everybody hydrate, use sunscreen and be safe ! Boy, nothing like big climbs, speedy descents and blazing heat to start off this “little” challenge. Where was the warm-up phase? Steph buddy, pace yourself, it’s a marathon remember. Steph’s friends, figure out a way to support him in person. As you can tell from events so far, challenges abound and you are part of the solution. It takes a village, right ?

    Chuck & Lynne

  4. Hey Mr Stephan ..how are things going?? Just checking on u!! How far are u?? Haven’t forgot about u!! Hope things are fine! Talk to u again soon!!be safe and take.

  5. Congratulations on your journey thus far. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration to many and I wish you and your team all the luck in the world. One mile at a time:) Take great care and love to you and yours from Cincinnati.

  6. I received an email from Flickinger Wines which told me Mark’s story… very inspirational. There is a lot of love out there. Keep going. We are all proud of you. I hope to channel just a tiny bit of your will and get into better shape. Thanks

  7. Another day and you made it! You are incredibly strong, Mark. I hope that tomorrow you have some wind at your back.

  8. Mark-I so wish I could be there with you. Please know your Columbus contingency is with you in spirit. We think about you every day and we are sending lots of hugs and love. Be Strong/ Stay Strong!
    xoxo
    ~rhonda

  9. Mark and Linc have just climbed one of the steepest hills on the route from San Diego to El Cajon on their tandem.

    “Phew, that was a tough climb” said Mark, breathing hard. “That climb was so hard, and we were going so slow, I thought we were never going to make it.”

    “Yeah, good thing I kept the brakes on,” said Linc, “or we’d have slid all the way back down!”

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