Stagecoach 400 – Day 3, Anza-Borrego to Anza

SC400 Day 3

 

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It’s hard to put day 3 into words so this post will be brief. It was the most physically and mentally challenging day I have ever had on a bike. In Morgan’s words, “It was bullshit. Hell on earth.”

(He also said he’d do it again.)

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Stagecoach 400 – Day 2

SC400 Day 2

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Day 2 is co-authored by Morgan; many photos are from him as well

It’s important to begin our recap of day two by starting with night one. While sitting around the hot tub Morgan set our expectations for the next day’s riding – in particular, that there would be about 1,000ft of climbing throughout the ~60mi day. This seemed reasonable since the elevation profile we had seen online went downhill. And since it was the climbing (and uphill push-biking) the day before that was the biggest mood killer, we were banking on day two being better.

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France, Pt. 1

We’ve made it!

Highlights:

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All the ads in the Geneva airport were for watches. Not even joking.
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They also sold some large jars of nutella.
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Walking our bikes from the Swiss to the French side of the train station.
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Waiting hours for the train.
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Commandeering the cars.
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Chris being very nonplussed with all the traveling

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Riding 30 miles, unshowered and unseatbelted, in the back of an unventilated sprinter van.
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The view from our front porch the night we arrived.
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The view from our kitchen.
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The house
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Wine shopping
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Cheese shopping
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The haul
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Just the view from the grocery store parking lot. No big deal.
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The living room
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Challenging the mountains
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2 miles from the house
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French towns

 

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Me, losing my mind from the climbs.

Today’s ‘easy’ day of 32 miles took us up a mountain, through two mountain passes, and about 80%  as much climbing as the 115 mile ride I often do to Mount Wachusett back in Massachusetts.

The views are incredible, the descents are amazing, and the climbing is grueling.

Day one done.