2000 PAC Tour Central Transcontinental
Day 8, September 17
by Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, and Chuck Bramwell

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Lon's Description: Cycling in Colorado is famous for it's climbing. Everyone should be in shape by now. We will be visiting the mining towns of Durango and Pagosa Springs. A few years ago we saw a black bear along one of the backwood steams.


Estimated Distance: 125 Miles
Actual Distance: 114.8 Miles
Cumulative Actual Distance: 958 Miles

This includes the following off course added miles:
San Diego - 2.0 Miles when Chuck and Bob Harting missed a turn

Winslow - 4.7 Miles when Chuck, Ken, and Les Drake went to the mural painting after the ride

Pagosa Springs - 3.1 Miles when Chuck missed Lunch

Estimated Feet of Climbing: 6,650 Feet
Actual Feet of Climbing: 6,950 Feet
Cumulative Feet of Climbing: 36,500 Feet
Elevation of Destination: 7,570 Feet
Average Speed on the Bike: 15.4 MPH

Maximum Speed on the Bike: 44.5 MPH on the downhill into Durango
Chuck's Heart Rate Data:
Max Heart Rate was 196 BPM a few weeks ago before PAC Tour
Time above 160: 0:00
Time between 140-160: 2:40
Time below 140: 6:04
Chuck saw 157 BPM as he was holding with the Haldeman paceline for awhile until one rider shifted and wrapped his chain around his Rear Derailleur
Dairy Queen Count: 1 Blythe, CA

2 Twister's Ice Cream in Williams, AZ

3 Dairy Queen in Cortez, Colorado was phenomenal

Rest Stop 1 We are getting into the mountainous terrain of Colorado. This was taken at the first Rest Stop of the day and we had climbed 2000 feet already.

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On the way to Lunch This is typical of the Southern Colorado scenery along our route.

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Brian Brian Dukek from Rochester, Minnesota poses here in front of Chimney Rock where we had the final Rest Stop of the day before climbing into Pagosa Springs.

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Phil Phil is polishing off some Watermelon in front of Chimney Rock.

It's absolutely amazing to us how much we are now eating. We are turning into eating machines ... eating everything we can get our hands on and converting into cycling energy!!

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Highlights: The day greeted us with headwinds and uphill all the way to the first rest stop. From there we were treated to beautiful mountainous scenery with some fall colors starting to appear.

The highlight of the day was the 4 mile 6% downhill into Durango, which brought spectacular views. The temperatures stayed cool which was a welcome change.

Chuck was ahead of Cheryl and Ken and missed a turn because he was singing "Stand and Be Counted" by CSN&Y all day today. Fortunately he didn't wind up in Denver, but was able to recover and meet us at the last rest stop.

By the last rest stop, the temperature was in the low 90's, but still an improvement over the last few days. Ken bonked just before the last rest stop, and slowed considerably the last few miles into Pagosa Springs, and drafted the rest of the way into Pagosa Springs behind Chuck and Cheryl.
Memorable Scenery: Rocket Drive-In in Durango (not many left)

Skunk road kills

White, purple, and yellow daisies

Beautiful dark clouds shielding us from the sun in the morning
Mechanical Problems: Chuck's Water Bottle Cages loosened up as did his fillings in his teeth

Biomechanical (Engine)
Ken may have bonked because he didn't put enough Maltodextrin in his water bottles.
What Worked: Bananas
More bananas
Maltodextrin with Gatorade

Carol, Chuck's nice wife, sent Brownies into Pagosa Springs and they were gone in about 30 seconds!!
What Didn't Work: Nothing to report
Quote of the Day:
"I'll never take another Flush Toilet for granted!!"
Chuck's Song of the Day:

"Now sometimes I talk to myself in the early dawn
Before all the fragments of my dreams are gone
Things you don't know why your mind held on to
Or else sometimes you know more than you want to

Stand and Be Counted, Stand on the Truth
Stand on your Honor, Stand and Be Counted

I want to stand alone in front of the world and that oncoming tank
Like that Chinese boy that we all have to thank
He showed us in a picture that I have mounted
Exactly what it means to Stand and be Counted

Stand and Be Counted, Stand on the Truth
Stand on your Honor, Stand and Be Counted"

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, 1999
"Stand and Be Counted" on "Looking Forward"
This song is so good it caused me to get lost today!!

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