106 miles, from Clayton, NM to Guymon, Oklahoma.
It's very flat. We rode very fast.
We flew, averaging 23 mph over the first 50 and a bit less overall. We actually did our century in 4:28 and certainly could have gone faster if we didn't have tomorrow's 125 mile ride waiting in the wings. I have absolutely nothing to say about the countryside, as the occasional silos were our highlights for the day. For a whole bunch of reasons, it was great to get to our hotel early - the main one being that we dodged the strongest afternoon winds. We started with very little wind and our three man paceline became four with the reintroduction of Bill to our little group. Post lunch (at about 9:30 in the morning as we left at 6:45 or so), the wind shifted and increased, so we moved into echelon formation (for the non-cyclists, that means that each rider stays to the side of the one in front, with their wheel overlapping so as to duck as much wind as possible). With very little traffic we were able to occupy most of our lane as we sped along the road.
For anyone into calories, I thought I'd take a look at how many I've been consuming on these rides - since I would swear I haven't lost any weight yet. Our 140 miler topped the charts at 8500 calories or so and other days have been pretty regularly 7000 plus. Not sure how accurate this is, but it gives you a sense of how much food I'm stuffing into my face each day. Our motto is simple: If it moves, eat it.
Speaking of which, it's time for dinner at one of Guymon's finest establishments. Until tomorrow.