It was a marathon day for Ride Around White Rim in One Day (RAWROD) 09. Chris and I could not leave as early on Friday as we hoped. We discussed it and opted to not camp down there, but instead sleep in our own bed. So we got everything packed up in the car, except for our bikes—the forecast was calling for rain. We set the alarm for and went to bed.
The alarm went off and we got dressed, grabbed our breakfast food, threw the bikes on the car, and took off. I had the normal duty of spotting deer up the canyon. It was uneventful. Chris then told me I could go to sleep. I closed my eyes but never really slept.
We arrived at camp around as planned. On the out there jack rabbits kept racing the car and crossing over the road right in front of us. Psycho rabbits. Upon our arrival, we got the bikes off, gathered equipment and were ready to go in no time.
We waited for the sag wagons at White Crack so we could eat. It was delicious. We made it to Murphy’s really quickly. The weather seemed ominous so we (Chris, Jesse, Keith, and I) stopped for a quick moment, let some people know we were going to keep going and took off. Luckily we had packed our pocket full of extra food after lunch just in case. It was all business from here, not time to stop for pictures.
The theory was after Murphy’s the wind would turn from foe to friend. It really didn’t. There were a few sections where it helped out for a bit, but it was still at least against us 50% of the time. It was really gusting though. There were times I thought for sure I was going down simply because of the wind. It sprinkled a few time too in the afternoon. It was just little stuff. The wind was most frightening on Hard Scrabble. It forced me to dismount and I was not sure I would be able to even push my bike it was so strong. I made it though.
In the end it was definitely fun, but it took more energy than I had anticipated it would because of the wind. I was really grateful that Chris had opted for gears over single speed. I think that would have compounded the difficulty. Kudos to all the single speeders who did it with the wind.
We got back home safely at It was a long day of driving and riding and I am tired.