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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jacob Curtis Posts For Bike & Build

Valentine, Nebraska…not such a lovely ride as the name would suggest.

July 11th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’ve left so many days out of my blog! Its stressful, but really its impossible to really put in to words what my experience is like with Bike & Build. Not in just simply expressing how I feel, but also getting every story into writing. I haven’t had much internet access lately, but I’ve taken notes. Check back for updates where I’ve readjusted the timestamp.

This morning was incredible. We set off in a big pack but instead of separating out, we stuck together, 3 abreast on the wide shoulder of desolate US-20. The van approached the group with its normal rhythmic taps on the horn and hovered next to the pack, blasting music through the open windows. It was an on-the-bike dance party/sing along with songs including Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, MIA’s “Paper Planes,” and the Black Eyed Peas “My Hump.” Probably wasn’t too safe with so many riders bunched up together, but P2S has the group riding and pacelining thing down. It was awesome to cruise comfortably at an easy 12mph and start the morning with some music.

The wind picked up just before noon but really blew us out of the water in the afternoon with 25mph continuous winds and gusts up to 38mph! Even coasting downhill was a struggle. There was simply no break from the wind and was a pretty much torturous mental (and physical) experience if you really let it get to you. I kept it pretty positive and road with Sophia, Michael and Katherine most of the day, passing the time and ignoring the trying conditions with different road games and talking about anything and everything. We also made a lot of food and water stops….not too many attractions in the “Sand Hills” of Central Nebraska. It ultimately was a great day, but I’m really excited that its over.

Tomorrow looks like another longish ride, but calmer winds (yes!). More updates to come.

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