"August 29, 2013
And late we were. The hosted biergarten lasted until 10. We heard some people were heading out to a place called the Ally bar but we opted for sleep at the hotel instead. At least that was the plan until we got to the hotel. (Oh yeah I crashed on the floor in the guys room this night because of the impending storm and the fact that the hotel, biergarten were on one side of town and the campground was on the other.) We kept debating weather we should sleep or go out. Going out won and we were off in search of the Ally bar, on a quiet Sunday night, asking and receiving crazy directions from the locals. Eventually we found the place. There were a handful of people in there, 90% from the Courage Classic, both staff and riders. Highlight of the night was when Jason accidentally programed Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" into the digital juke box about 5 times in a row. We never fessed up to that and joined in the angry screams as it came up again, and again ... and again. I think we hit the sack about 1am.
Yes, unlike Blewitt pass, Stevens for the second year in a row, scares the hell out of me. I ride the brakes nearly all the way. The rest of the team leaves me in the dust but I found them waiting for me at the start of the Iron Goat Trail. Of course, shortly into that trail dust flew in my eye and then a bee flew into my open jersey. I had to pinch the bee within the jersey with one hand and brake with the other. In the end neither myself or the bee took to much damage. But the team was, once again, gone. Tom and Leigh Ann rode up behind me and we stopped for a few pictures. A lot of great people on this ride.
Thanks again for your support; you rode with me in spirit every mile – 3 days, 160 miles and 14 hours on my bike!! I participate in Courage Classic each year so that every victim of abuse can obtain services in our community. By riding the Courage Classic, we hope to end the cycle of abuse. See you next year!
From the bike computer I got an average speed of 12.94 mph, a maximum speed of 39.4 mph and a trip distance of 164.92 miles. The few extra miles must be from a short ride into Roslyn from the campground on the first day. I became REAL hungry before dinner and needed a snack.
Day three - 3490 calories and 4600 feet of climbing - http://www.strava.com/activities/72479844
That's over 10,000 feet of climbing over all and nearly 10,000 calories burned. Whew!