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October 1, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 20: Clayton NM to Guymon, OK (10/1)

New, new, new.  New month.  New state.  New time zone.  New terrain.  We finally have hit Oklahoma (our sixth state).  The wind was our biggest concern, but it was mainly a cross wind (not a head wind–in our faces).  Joseph, Bill, Austin, and I lined up in an echelon (a diagonal paceline opposite the wind direction) after crossing the border and hauled.  At times, we were going 23, 25, 27 mph.  I think we wanted to accomplish a few things: 1) get to the hotel before the wind changed direction and/or intensified, 2) get Austin to his hotel room in time to see his son play soccer on his computer (Colorado State), and 3) get past a lot of very boring miles.  We succeeded on all counts.

As a special bonus, Eric Mason of Hugoton KS dropped in on our ride at around 14 miles out from the hotel (where he had parked and headed our way).  Eric is a very nice guy and hung with us as we hit the few “rollers” of the day coming towards Guymon.  He also knew exactly where the hotel was–very handy.  He chatted with me for a while outside the hotel at the usual snack table and had some fun with today’s video.  I know him through DailyMile and Facebook.  Had never met him in person.  The world grows smaller every day.

A pretty uneventful ride otherwise.  We believe there is a rain pattern on the weather map not far behind.  We’re not sure how long we can outrun it.

We’re half way there measuring by days, and close on the miles.  Pretty cool.

Pics and videos:  Crossing the border with the usual suspects, plus Brian who joined us for the first 10 miles, lunch at the red shed, view of nothingness at a water stop, me and Eric at the hotel.  Video is taken at lunch.

OK  lunch at the red shed  nothingness me and eric



By the numbers:  106.2 miles, 21.9 mph avg (22.4 mph for first 100 miles), 341 ft of climbing (ha!), 4:51 riding time; Totals so far: 1,547 miles, 59,244 feet of climbing

Helmet-cam footage (click the links): Starting out a sunrise; Just warming up; Giving you the update live from the peleton; Rolling in the echelon; Echelon from the front view; A view of “nothingness”

Video recap with Eric!



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  1. Matthew Close / Oct 2 2010 11:19 am

    341 ft or climbing, that’s seriously flat. Sounds like you’re having a fun time, and was that a beer in your hand? I can’t imagine there are better ways to celebrate after a long ride.

    • jslipschultz / Oct 2 2010 7:00 pm

      Yes, that was the flattest day we will have. My numbers are usually low–it might have been 600 or so. Sill nothing. And, yes, there is often a beer in my hand at the end of each day (after my recovery drink, of course). BTW, did manage to have one Avalache while in CO!

  2. Mike / Oct 3 2010 7:59 am

    Loved the video with Eric in it. I saw him yesterday. He said you guys nearly killed him. Glad it didn’t work out for you to kill me too. Not really. Wish I could accompany you from Enid to Ponca City tomorrow. Have a great ride. Looks like the wind’s going to pick up again Monday and Tuesday. Welcome to the plains.

    • jslipschultz / Oct 3 2010 9:01 pm

      We were lucky today. We’ll muddle through. It will be nice to be through OK, though. Sorry you couldn’t join us–today we took it easy. You guys would have loved it.

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