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September 14, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 3: Valencia to Victorville, CA

Today was a step up from yesterday.  90 miles instead of 76.  After the first few miles, we entered the Angeles National Forest and the road was going up, up, up.  About 2,400 feet of climbing in 20 or so miles.  We were crawling up the mountain at 9-14 mph.  I pulled the A-team the whole way up.   I guess I’m a climber.  Joseph is too (he’s very strong), but we saved him for the flats (he’s a strong sprinter).  Going down was fun.  We hit speeds of 41+ mph–no pedaling required (not even possible for me–wouldn’t be able to spin the cranks fast enough to keep up with the wheels).

Lunch was awesome, as usual.  And well placed at Mile 45.  As we finished our lunch, the B-Team rolled in and we relinquished our chairs and took off.  Austin took a few pulls today, but Joseph and I alternated pulling the group.

We are in the desert now for sure.  Cacti and ramshackle buildings here and there. Victorville is a big town but in the middle of nowhere.  And the last 5 or so miles were directly into a headwind of 20 or so mph.  We crawled through that like it was a mountainside.

Pictures today include our launch this morning in front of the hotel around 7:15.  Bikes get last minute maintenance.  Load up with food and drink (the vans do stop in very strategic spots along the route to refill our bottles and provide energy food).  Other pic is a shot taken around Mile 70 after I went to the back of the peleton for a rest.

Launch Day 3 Peleton Day 3

Video of lunch today


and live from the peleton (note the data on the Polar at end of video: speed 22.7 mph, Mile 71, HR 152)



Bonus footage from Joseph’s helmet-cam:

By the numbers:  90.1 Miles with riding time of 5:02.  Average speed overall 17.9.  Miles 47-73 our average speed had to be 21.5, at least.  Burned 3,283 calories (not too bad, really).

Video recap:



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  1. douglas ritter / Sep 14 2010 7:25 pm

    Even eating all you want I am not sure you can maintain your weight through 4 weeks. You may lose 5 lbs. — Have fun! On RAGBRAI my fave dinner was Pizza Ranch — an all you eat buffet for $8.95 — and there’s more than pizza there. They lost money on me every night!

    • jslipschultz / Sep 14 2010 7:39 pm

      Have you seen me eat? It’s not pretty. Breakfast today: eggs, 2 sausages, fruit with yogurt, toast, OJ, coffee, slab o’ hashbrowns. Hmmm. Making me hungry. Time for dinner!

  2. Sarah / Sep 14 2010 9:35 pm

    That still doesn’t sound like enough food! How about 2 large pizzas and a side of beef? 😉 Sounds like a great day. That climb sounds harsh. Matthew should chime in here. I think his ride was 2600 ft in 26 miles or something. And he’s not as experienced as you by a long shot. Great job! BTW, did a talk for the Brownie troop today on creative writing & Jessica read a letter she wrote to a soldier (their assignment for today). She was the first one finished, and it was a very polished and thoughtful note. And after she finished the first letter, she started in on a second. Very talented little writer there!

    • jslipschultz / Sep 14 2010 10:14 pm

      Well….dinner was potato soup, a third of a pizza, chicken penne, and two scoops of ice cream. Preceded by a bag of peanuts and other snacks at around 2:00. Adding it up, I’m sure I ate more than I burned. I would expect Matthew’s ride to be serious climbing in CO. BTW, we still got up that climb in 1:34. Thanks for sharing about Jess. Nice to hear about what she’s doing from any perspective other than hers. You know how kids are.

      • Matthew / Sep 15 2010 8:36 am

        Yup, the ride I did there was 2500 in 26mi. But I got to be done after 26mi, didn’t have another 64mi to get home. And I’m sure glad I didn’t. Sounds like a really nice time out there Jeff.

        The bike trailer have a kitchen in it too? Or is there a mess car/trailer too?

        Also curious about the roads, no issues with traffic I hope. Do you only bike on quite 2-lane roads?

      • jslipschultz / Sep 15 2010 4:11 pm

        The trailer has a psuedo kitchen in it. They store two days worth of food at times in big ice chest and have a counter to prepare meals. It also carrying spare bikes, parts, bike food. Pretty cool. The two vans haul our luggage (and people–but not yet) and room for bikes up top.
        Roads are a little challenging. A lot of is two lane roads in the middle of nowhere. When a car passes they have plenty of room to take the opposite lane and typically do. We shout out “car/truck back” to each other to ensure we are way to right and avoid getting in their way. The city streets are a little tricky, but we all know how to work around the cars.

  3. Rabbi Charlie / Sep 15 2010 12:20 am

    Great to catch up on your blog… a little break from my Yom Kippur prep. Love the video and the commentary. It just sounds like an amazing trip. I don’t mean to get all “rabbi” on you, but Heschel talks about connecting to God through a sense of awe and wonder about our world. Any awe and wonder out there?

    • jslipschultz / Sep 15 2010 7:36 am

      Awe and wonder. Hmm. This area in the high desert makes you wonder about how anyone could live here, truthfully. I think the true awe will come in a few days when we hit the Grand Canyon. The Angeles National Forest was pretty, but not your typical “forest.” I think today will be even more desolate. Joshua trees will be our mileposts. Thanks for checking in, Rabbi.

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