June 10 - Lake Tahoe
Today was an interesting day.
We woke up bright and early per usual, and went to Mel's Dinner for breakfast. Pancakes, bacon, and orange juice! It was delicious!
Then the infamous Kirkwood climb. It was a tough climb for the guys, but everything was going well all the way until lunch when it started raining and got foggy. I had the crew stop 7 miles after our lunch spot.
By the time the cyclists got to me The weather was awful. I was freezing, and I wasn't on a bike wearing only cycling gear. We racked one of the cyclists at my stop because he was just too cold to keep going.
About half-an-hour later our crew chief made the call to rack the entire team because the ride was no longer safe. There were a lot of guys who would have been at risk for hypothermia if we had let them finish.
It is rough to not finish such a milestone day, but as our project manager said the ride is about getting as far as you physically can. Our guys today pushed themselves to the limit. While they won't be able to say they biked this whole leg of the journey I believe that they worked just as hard as any cyclist who has completed Kirkwood in years past.
Opon arrival into Lake Tahoe we were treated to showers at the local ice rink, and moved into our lodging for the the next two nights, as we are not traveling tomorrow. Tonight will be our first big day of rest since crew training started! I am unbelievably excited to get 8 hours of sleep!