Almost finished the grass

There was a hill today. I hadn't realized how much I missed both descending and climbing until I was sweating like mad and spinning my granny gear at 10 km/h. My leg started feeling a little better after 150 km or so. Not the best rehab I'm sure, but we had a monster ~30km/h tail wind that we couldn't squander. Tomorrow will be a short one into Winnipeg, where I plan to get a massage. Finally, we collectively slaughtered the elephant that had infiltrated our group over the last few weeks: we each had very different expectations about how this trip would go. These fall generally into two categories: 1. Ride monster days, live frugally, and push our physical limits. 2. Ride conservative distances, soak up the small towns, and unwind at a slower pace. Both are completely legit strategies for such an adventure, but the compromise between them lends itself to no one getting what they really want out of the summer, and everyone feeling like the trip was "just ok". For this reason we have decided to split off into two pairs: Paul and Rich are after the first adventure discussed above, and Simon and I are going for the second. This is definitely a bittersweet decision, but I think we all feel quite relieved to get all the cards on the table and focus on why we are each here in the first place. We each wish the others the best tour possible, so there are absolutely zero hard feelings, and a little sadness that the hilarity and inside jokes will now diverge. It would also have been useless to have this conversation any earlier, as we all wanted to get the prairies over with since there's not much to see, and it's very advantageous to have a larger group when fighting the wind. Tomorrow we'll hit Winnipeg, which feels like the last major prairie milestone, so we'll stock up, make sure each pair has everything they need, and continue our adventures separately. The first leg was insane and hilarious and amazing. The next will be even better.

Ride Stats

Distance207.8 km
Elevation Gain314 m
Start Time 7:09 am
Riding Time 8 hours, 42 minutes
Total Time12 hours, 38 minutes
Average Speed23.8 km/h
Top Speed54.4 km/h
Average Temperature23.0 °C
Average Power128.9 W
Energy Burned4510.3 Calories
Average Cadence rpm
Average Heart Rate bpm
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