120 miles, 8000 feet of climbing
The weatherman lied today. He said there was 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms in both Union and Orangeburg, and it was wet and gross when we got up in the dark this morning. Assuming it was going to be a crummy day, and being so unimaginably bored with cycling by now, I (Nancy) decided to climb into the van and chat with our guide Katie, and Linda, another rider, all day. Well, it barely rained at all after that, and by the time I could get out I was way to cozy in there. We later heard on the news that "9 out of the 10 factors for a thunderstorm" were present, but the absence of the last factor led to a simply muggy day. Oh, well, I had a good rest before tomorrow!
Ed, on the other hand, was going to ride rain or shine. His dad flew down and met us for a visit last night, and that may have re-energized Ed. (He's happy it didn't rain, though.) He rode all day long, fast and furious, as if another 120 miles was like a walk in the park. He even had enough energy left to walk a half mile to do laundry afterwards! I think he got hold of some EPO and didn't share it with me. He was a rock star out there today.
Finally, I should let you know that Ed's famous among our fellow riders for his helmet hair. I think because it's gotten longer than anyone else's, and it just gets sucked up into the vents. Anyway, it's phenomenal, and I needed to share: