|Day 9:||Sayre OK to Ada OK|
|Mileage/Ride Time:||206 miles 11:39||Time Lv/Arr:||6:15am/7:15pm|
|Climbing:||3500ft||Avg Speed/Work:||17.6mph/5665 kJ|
- Today was the longest day of the Elite Southern Transcontinental.
206 miles with the omnipresent roar of the wind in my ears.
- The wind was blowing hard all day (from the south/south east).
They even think it;s a good idea to install windmill farms out here (you might be able to make out the propeller blades in the hills in the distance):
- There were also numerous rollers to climb. See the jaggies in the profile:
- Day 9: Mileage-wise, we are over the halfway point to Savannah GA.
- The roads in Oklahoma today were smooth and in excellent shape generally.
- There was a bad crash early on. I didn't see it. But I was told Brad Haslam of New Mexico broke his kneecap. Another rider got painful road rash.
- Fred Matheny went home. Another rider, Alan Stokes, had an asthma problem and also dropped out.
- Early in the morning (after mile 23), the group I was riding in was stopped briefly by Susan Notorangelo and lectured for not noticing cars from the back (and moving over to make room) soon enough.
- There is so much dense air here. Every time I took a deep breath, I noticed the difference from Arizona.
- The humidity felt very high. Although it was only 82F, I felt quite sticky.
- Nearer the end, someone parked on the side of the road shouted my name. I thought either I heard wrong or perhaps I was hallucinating. I don't know anyone in Oklahoma. Turns out it was a friend of a cyclist. His name is Reid McNeely:
[Picture taken at the finish.]