PAA 2013 Day One - DATA

A brutal 1st day...there was some serious climbing involved and one windy coast.  This group earned the badge right from the start.  I had a very scary front flat on the 1st major descent, "Bang!" - I had to hang on and ride-it-out straight to stop.  It really shook me - so the apprehension set in on the series twisty tight downhills.  My HR monitor had a max heart rate listed in my data 241bpm but that was from the wind going downhill.  However max was about 192bpm...and yes it hurt.  More on day one later...

Made it...

Got to Palo Alto pretty late. The mechanics were still at it and my bike was back together in a few minutes. While they got after it I was handed an awesome to-go tin of pasta and salad...since I missed dinner. The Pablove crew really knows how to take care of the riders and my welcome kit had some good stuff in it, even a few things for the young guns back home. Tomorrow will start our epic journey to LA.

Stage 1: Palo Alto to Santa Cruz - 68.8 miles -  4350ft of climbing - We roll out at 9am...

Delayed

and then the phone rang...at 1am to inform me that my chance of getting to California early today to prep,  join the Pablove group dinner and ride meeting was not going to happen.  Then the 1/2 hour on the line trying to rearrange travel = a no go. I am crossing my fingers, as I am now scheduled to arrive in California 6.5 hours later than expected.  Lot's of weather across the country today and a portion of our ride route is under major wildfire alert, the conditions are prime. However the delay gets under the skin - all the hours getting sponsors on board, training, prepping gear, asking others for their hard earned money to support the cause and the journey get's put on pause.  Patience my dear boy...

All packed

All packed and the next stage of the journey begins.  The bike has been wrapped up like fine china and I have enough gear to ride to Alaska and back. I am feeling prepared to leave yet I am always apprehensive about what comes next. The alarm will sound too soon as I leave on a 7am flight to San Jose - of course with a lovely lay-over in Dallas.  This is MKE and it's not easy to get direct to many places. Pablove Across America is always action packed, enlightening and an emotional roller coaster.  I hope we do not encounter any of those dogs like those in the south...the ones that know exactly the right speed and angle to get close enough to raise your heart rate.  I believe all the climbing in this excursion will take care of that.  Viva Cali.

The #paa2013 Route Oct 6 -12th

The #paa2013 Route Oct 6 -12th