5:15AM - noted the charger changed itsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tune and we are at 63 Volts. Slept very uncomfortably. Wrists feel strained and tendons ache though not as bad as last night. My head is stuffy from running the A/C all night to keep cool.
6:45AM - though sore all over, I get up and take a shower, then on to the continental breakfast where I chatted with the nice ladies behind the counter (at least my sense of humor was still healthy). I powered down about three bowls of oatmeal.
Folks at Desk say the wind picks up around Noon to 2PM; hmmm ~ maybe I should wait for the tailwindÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I am still experiencing severe stomach problems but the food helps.
8:07AM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Back at room, time to get ready.
9:17AM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Done packing, limbering up, still sore but not as bad as before. Going off to checkout and should be on the road in 5-10 minutes at 63 V.
Time? At 154.9 miles, I take a pit stop, pee brake, and eat. Stats: 60.2V, 79.48 Ah. Wrists still hurt. Distance so far today is about 20 miles.
Time? Stats: 174.7 miles, 57.8V, 91.60 Ah. Stopped for food, pee, rest, stretch on the side of Hwy 44 some distance after climbing up out for the rift zone. After resting for about 20 minutes the insects started chirping off a storm; neat! I am nearly ready to leave and without warning the wind just picked up from nothing to a good stiff breeze; nice tailwind. I figured that I am about Â½-way through the battery pack though I still have another 1000 feet to climb to reach the pass. Left wrist still hurts and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sore all over.
Time? Stats: 195.8 miles, 56.9V, 100.3 Ah. I am over the subtle Ã¢â‚¬Å“passÃ¢â‚¬Â and about 12 miles from Westwood on A21 with a random breeze. Stopped to rest and eat. Applied field-repair to faring and rear brake: Cut holes to relieve the pressure on brake arms as they were slightly pressing against the rear tire rim and creating drag. Left wrist still hurts. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m nearly there (to my destination for today); about 40 more miles to go. Dang! Two mosquitoes just nailed me!
Time? Briefly stopped at the junction of A21 and Hwy 36 for a picture and swig of sport drink.
Time? Stats: 221.1 miles, 55.9 V, 110.6 Ah. Stopped at a vista to snap a pic of Mount Lassen from across Lake Almanor.
That's Mount Lassen way off in the distance.
Are you tired of seeing my bike yet?
CrackinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ day for riding! Mild breeze, not hot at all; just plain campy. Just before I got here some clown in a beater car lays onto his horn and flips me off. Dude, I am all the way over to the right; WTF?
The same thing happened to me last night in Burney, except I was in the bike lane minding my own. Only 10 miles to go; almost there!
2:50PM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Arrived at UncleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s farm in Greenville. Stats: 232.4 miles, 55.4 V, 115.1 Ah. The night before my Uncle told me that this last stretch of road is narrow and busy with traffic. So between Canyon Dam and Greenville I knew IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to go fast. About a mile into the slot canyon I espied a logging truck with a load about Â¼-mile back so I open up the throttle all the way; letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s see what this lilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ beastie can do! Hanging on and leaning hard into each corner I looked down and caught that I was doing 40 mph; nice! It took a couple of miles for that logging truck to catch me and I pulled to the side to let him pass when I found the room. No worries, mate.
Map: 2nd leg of the journey
Not long after reaching my UncÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s I started stiffening up. Hammered some food down, got me a nice hillbilly shower, and hit the sack about 8PM. Got up probably three times in the night to stuff more food down my face.
So Ã¢â‚¬â€œ ever had a hillbilly shower? Both my UncÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, and my folks (at their property in the forest) have these devices: Big tank painted black, absorbs solar heat, built so you can augment with a fire below for more heat (or for in Winter), pisses out a little stream which is enough to wet you a little more than a cat lick, and if the breeze blows by... yer nuts will rattle up to your tonsils! Yeah, I needed one of these to set me all up for the next day of anguish and suffering
One of my Unc's cottages built by my cousin.
Pretty country though. I think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d give a left nut to own a farm here.
Stay tuned... there more to the story.