Next came the BIG Kahuna hill of the day ! It was 6 miles of progressively steeper up hill climb !!! We have worked out a plan on attacking the hills. I ride slower than Paul and lead to set the pace. Paul rides behind and suggests which gear to be in. We talk each other through it until we hit the top. Once again I am delighted to say that we made it over this monster hill without stopping.
Snacks are an important part of our breaks. I have been sharing my peanut M&Ms with Janet. Yesterday during a snack break at a KwikiMart Janet came out with some sort of energy bar that tasted like a vitamin pill wrapped in brown candle wax. Today we ran out of gum which is very important for keeping our mouths moist. At our rest break Janet bought WINTERGREEN gum !!!! Who the heck wants to chew Wintergreen gum ?? Janet has now lost snack buying privilages for the remainder of the ride.
Let's just talk a little about the wind. Every guidebook we read about riding the Oregon Coast mentions that during the summer a strong wind blows from the north to the south helping to push riders along. That is why we started at the north end of the state and headed south. Well just our luck this summer is different. We have had a strong head wind the entire way !! I am going to write a nasty letter to somebody when I figure out who is responsible for this wind. .
We are having a very enjoyable ride even with the wrong way wind. It is hard work at times but the people we run into are great , the scenery is very pretty and we continue to surprise ourslves in our hill climbing abilities. Today we rode 55 miles. We are tired but not exhausted. I can't wait to find out what adventure we have tomorrow.
August 5 day 3
Before we get into todays ride let me clear up the gum issue. Here is a picture of the package. Now you tell me how I would know it was wintergreen? It really was not that bad but to hear the Prince you would think it tasted like paint thinner.