Ahh, yes....confidence reigns supreme. Only noon and we've made 50 miles out of a planned 112. Have that beer, enjoy life, you're on a bicycle tour for crying out loud!
Departing from Genoa you head out on rural two lane roads. There were bike lanes in some places and not in others....in all cases drivers gave us plenty of room while passing.
|We spread out a bit as our own personal paces dictated, enjoyed the pastures, and the perfect weather.|
|After picking up route 88 (to Kirkwood), we noticed two changes...pasture land replaced with beautiful mountains and streams, and that previously flat road had a distinct upward angle!|
|After 20 miles of climbing a break was called....more cold pizza and some jerky was washed down with freshly filtered stream water. **It's amazing how much water you can go through on a warm climb!**|
This was the path that still awaited us after our break.
|It was fully dark for the last 40 minutes of my climb. Luckily we both had adequate lights for some night riding.|
|Passive reflective surfaces are also a good idea if you get caught out late.|
|A stock photo of Cooks Station.....a location we would fall short of.|
We'll pick it up in the morning in the next post.