Saturday, June 24, 2006

Day Seven Recap

Day Seven took us from Tropic, Utah, to Hanksville, Utah, over a grueling 151-mile course that included some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world. We also ascended to the highest point yet on the ride--a 9,600-foot peak outside of Bouder, Utah. The climbing took its toll on the group, and we ended up strung out over some 30 miles of road after the descent from the summit. Back down from the mountain, the heat was turned up as we rode the last 50 miles through the Capitol Reef National Park. Big Fix leader Mojo and his riding partner, Greg, outran the support crew and ended up scrounging doubtful water from a closed-down camp near Caineville. Greg ended up laying on the side of the road for about ten minutes before Mojo found and revived him. Back on the course, Walt, our "Big Dog" amazed everyone by completing the entire course (more about that later).
The tough course and problems providing support to such a strung-out group of riders (physically and mentally) took its toll. Dissension broke out in the ranks, and the wheels of the Big Fix began to wobble precariously. A midnight rider meeting was held, followed by more discussion the next morning; problems were solved, and Day Eight went smoothly and without a hitch.
Based on his stellar performance, Walt was awarded the Hard As Nails prize for the day. The Big Dog certainly had his day.


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