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September 17, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 6: Parker to Lake Havasu

A rolling rest day?  Sorta.  First part of the ride, we took it real easy and hung as large group.  We actually biked from the hotel to breakfast (better food and music).  You can see from the pics, we were together to cross the dam.  We hit some good climbs (maybe 9-10%), mainly rollers, so we spread out some.  I road with Team A a bit and then with Dave the Wave (our guide, you know that by now, right?).  What’s really wild about this trip (amongst a lot of things) is the towns.  I’m familar with remote towns that the railroad runs through, but not these.  I mean, who knows about Lake Havasu?  It’s a hopping place for water recreation.  Pretty uneventful day.  Learned more about Dave by riding with him.  He and I talked about this trip a year ago and he’s one of the reasons I am here.  Great guy.  Trek Travel is top notch.

Physically, I’m doing OK.  I stretch after (almost) every ride.  Drink a recovery drink.  And no, Lew, my butt is not sore from the saddle.  Quite used to it by now. 

Pics are of the Parker Dam.  This dam creates Lake Havasu and in tandem with the Colorado Aquaduct supplies most of Los Angeles with its water. We weren’t allowed to stop and take pictures from the dam (apparently, we might be mistaken for terrorists.  Really.)

Parker Dam1   Parker Dam2

Helmet-cam footage from Joseph: http://contour.com/node/110869 (leaving Parker–I’m in the back chillin’); http://contour.com/node/110896 (approaching the dam–I’m sharing the little I know about it–not missing much) http://contour.com/node/110898 (crossing over the dam, I’m saying ‘water on your right, water on your left’); http://contour.com/node/110879 (the group coming up the hill)

Lake Havasu London Bridge video: background on this bridge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_(Lake_Havasu_City)  It is a popular rumor that the bridge was bought in the belief that it was London’s more recognizable Tower Bridge, but this was ardently denied by McCulloch himself and by Ivan Luckin, who sold the bridge.

By the numbers:  A short ride of 42.3 miles.  Average speed:  slow.  Time in the saddle:  not much.  Climbing: 1,299 ft.  Total so far: 438.9 (all in first six days of the trip–no rest days for a little while yet:  Grand Canyon).

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  1. Ces / Sep 17 2010 9:11 pm

    Game day tomorrow … Wear the “W”!!

    What is the name of the outfitter?

    • jslipschultz / Sep 17 2010 10:51 pm

      Ces, OMG, I didn’t think of that for some reason. You are spot on. I just swapped the jersey set out for tomorrow. Good call. And they’re playing ASU ironically. (Jersey is made by Adreneline Promotions.)

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