2000 PAC Tour Central Transcontinental
Day 5, September 14
by Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, and Chuck Bramwell

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Lon's Description: Near Flagstaff we cross the Arizona Divide at 7,800'. We leave the forests and head back into the Indian Reservation near Winslow.

City of Winslow, Arizona, Official Site
Weather.com Forecast for Winslow

"I was standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
such a fine sight to see ..."


Estimated Distance: 105 Miles
Actual Distance: 103.5 Miles
Cumulative Actual Distance: 574 Miles
Estimated Feet of Climbing: 1,900 Feet
Actual Feet of Climbing: 1870 Feet
Elevation of Destination: 4960 Feet
Average Speed on the Bike: 18.1 MPH
Maximum Speed on the Bike: 40.5 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: 5:22
Time below 140: 3:05
"Take It Easy ..."
Dairy Queen Count: 1 Blythe, CA

2 Twister's Ice Cream in Williams, AZ

Arizona Divide Carol Clark and Les Drake are looking good here before we rolled into Flagstaff.

It was a crisp, blue sky morning for us!!

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Phil Phil Holcomb from Jacksonville, Florida is working on a couple of excellent PAC Tour sandwiches.

Phil says HI to the folks in Florida!!

The formula for these sandwiches is only known to Susan and a select group of extremely trusted crew members.

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PAC Tour AAA Club Team BMB was riding with the Myers Tandem when their rear tire had a bulge that eventually went flat.

Talk about service: we had the tire off the bike when Lon and the AAA PAC Tour crew swing by for a full tire swap out with a floor pump. Now is that service or what????

Lon is on the right studying the floor pump. He can fix anything. And like right now. He's just amazing.

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PAC Tour AAA Club Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.

There's a really neat mural in the background.

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PAC Tour AAA Club That girl in the Flat Bed Ford is slowing down to take a look at Les Drake. :)

Chuck is trying to jump in the back of the truck. :)

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PAC Tour AAA Club A close up of Ken with that girl in the Flat Bed Ford.

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Highlights: Legs were a concern for us this morning for obvious reasons but Ken and Chuck assured Cheryl that it would be okay. They were right. We left at the usual 6:30 am with temps of 46 degrees. It was great to finally have to put some cold weather clothes but that didn't last for long. They were off by the first rest stop.

It was a beautiful morning and the scenery was that of Pine trees and rolling terrain with some great downhills. Not being the woodsy type, Cheryl was happy as she was able to find restroom facilities with four walls and a lever to flush all along the route.

Flagstaff was a real challenge as it was rush hour, bad roads and a lot of turns. From there on to lunch it was mostly downhill and if there ever was a downhill century, this was it. Having hooked on to a paceline, we sailed into lunch by 10:30 and off for the quick homestretch. Well, not quite.

It was quite hot by then with some wind and gradual uphill most of the way. We had to stop for the Myers tandem we were drafting and wait for PAC Tour AAA and get a new back tire but thank goodness they were only about a minute behind us and we didn't have to cook. Temps were moderate throughout the day, the hottest being Winslow with a high of 94. It was great getting in early as we all needed the extra time for R & R and laundry. So far this has been the easiest day and a welcome rest.
Memorable Scenery: Beautiful crisp blue skies on the climb to Flagstaff

Chuck saw many wild yellow daisies on the sides of the road which reminded him of his best friend Carol. And there were purple lupines mixed in as well.

"Standing on the Corner" Mural in Winslow was cool

Extremely long train powered slowly by us as we came into Winslow, Arizona -- We couldn't see the end!!
Mechanical Problems: Bikes were flawless
Biomechanical (Engine)
No significant problems to report
What Worked: Bullfrog Sunscreen
Chamois Buttr
Ken's backup shoes relieved toe pressure
Tapioca Pudding for Lunch

Chuck had a surprise Orange Julius at Rest Stop 1 when he filled his first water bottle with Orange Gatorade and then realized he had left some Vanilla Ensure in there from the prior bottle. Added Ice and he was a happy camper.

Chuck's 53x11 Gear allowed him to catch the Myer's tandem on a real fun descent after Flagstaff
What Didn't Work: No significant problems to report
Quote of the Day:
"Don't let the sound of your own wheels
Drive you crazy"

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