2000 PAC Tour Central Transcontinental
Day 3, September 12
by Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, and Chuck Bramwell

Daily Map
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Lon's Description: For the next two days we will be crossing to low desert heading into Blythe and Wickenburg. Long shallow climbs to expansive horizons make the distances here deceptive. The road ahead may be visible for twenty miles. More cactus and brown mountains are the major landmarks. If the wind is right the miles disappear at a 20 mph pace.

Wickenburg-az.com with local information
Weather.com Forecast for Wickenburg

"I want to feel sunlight in my face
See that dust cloud disappear without a trace
I want to take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name"


Estimated Distance: 125 Miles
Actual Distance: 115.5 Miles
Total Tour Actual Distance: 344 Miles
Estimated Feet of Climbing: 3,430 Feet
Actual Feet of Climbing: 3,280 Feet
Elevation of Destination: 2,050 Feet
Average Speed on the Bike: 16.4 MPH
Maximum Speed on the Bike: 32.0 MPH
Chuck's Heart Rate Data:
Max Heart Rate was 196 BPM
a few weeks ago before PAC Tour
Time above 160: 0:01
Time between 140-160: 3:56
Time below 140: 4:36
Chuck saw 161 only when he was going full tilt trying to catch the Myer's tandem.
Dairy Queen Count: 1 Last Night in Blythe
An excellent Chocolate Shake!!

Arizona!! Our first state crossing!!

We can't believe we crossed California in 2 days.

Unfortunately, Arizona greeted us with rumble strips in the bike lane which rattled our fillings a bit ... but they were over in a few miles and it was blue skies with long roads.

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Hope They had great Gatorade in Hope.

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Jim Bradbury Jim Bradbury here is also building a web site
See the Table of Contents page for the link

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A hot Rest Stop Another excellent Rest Stop with lots of ice.

Lon said that there are some days where they buy 1,000 Pounds of ice!!

Ice is a major, major breakthrough for us.

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Cool Feet Feels great to cool off those feet!!

Mike and Nancy Myers are real nice folks driving a steady rolling tandem down the road. They gave us a good tow into this last rest stop.

Chuck was surprised to find that the Myers live in Baxter Springs, Kansas ... just a few miles from his In-Laws in Columbus, Kansas. A very small world indeed.

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Highlights: We saw another Bird paceline in the first few miles in Blythe ... again flying in a nice V formation. Just like Team BMB who flew together through temperatures in the mid to high 90's.

Jim Bradbury took a great photo of Team BMB flying together and placed it on his web page here. Thanks Jim for stopping and taking the shot!!

Cheryl had a photo of Steve, her husband, on her handlebars today so she would be inspired. That was neat.

Chuck is carrying license plates of "Carol", "Adam" and "Alex" ... his supportive wife and great sons. He's also taking some small surprises for the ride for his Mom & Dad.

From Rest Stop 2 to Lunch (Mile 60 to 80), we were greeted with a brutal challenge: high temperatures, a road that just went up and up at a relentless grade, and of course, a headwind. This section included what Chuck figured had to be at least 10 false summits. It took a lot out of us for sure but we held together well with some really good "pulls" by each of us.

Tomorrow is going to be the toughest day of the Tour with 134 Miles and 9,000 Feet of Climbing. It will be a real test for sure. With that much climbing, Team BMB will probably be spread out.
Memorable Scenery: Timbuktoo (Not a lot there).
Mechanical Problems: Ken ran over a thorn in our Hotel room (?) last night which gave his front tire a slow leak. He swapped it out in record time and still had time for breakfast!!
Biomechanical (Engine)
Chuck's left knee started talking to him so he's watching that ... it's given him problems before.

We are working through saddle soreness ... nothing serious yet and all is well. There are many remedies but standing on the bike sure helps us all.

Foot discomfort is a common problem right now and we're really looking forward to getting up out of the heat tomorrow

We are now going into the "Twilight Zone" ... beyond what we could have trained for in terms of mileage and heat. There are many unknowns.
What Worked: Good easy pace
Ice socks around our necks
Ice in Polar Insulated Water Bottles Loosening our shoes for Hot Foot Flare Ups Chicken Salad at Lunch was nice
What Didn't Work: We've had enough heat thank you.
Quote of the Day:
"Brave helios
Wake up your steeds
Bring the warmth the countryside needs."
The Moody Blues, "Days of Future Passed"
(P.S. But we've had enough warmth thank you)

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