The distance was not bad and the climbing was substantial less than yesterday, but to make it interesting it rained on us all day. It was a cold rain which when going downhill the rain would sting your face. I actually like the climbing today because it help me warm up. We have lost one of our team members today due to a family member illness. He hopes to be able to join us on our first rest day.
Ed Carl, one of my riding partners, had a deer in a headlight close encounter. He was riding down the road with a car coming toward him in the rain. To make it more frightening a deer came out of woods and shot across the road right in front of Ed and the car. Both Ed and car missed the deer but just barely. It could have been a total disaster.
Tonight, most of the team will be sleeping at the city park, but Kye and I chose to stay in a hotel so I could get an internet connect. That is the reason for the gap in posting. We are also taking advantage of this time to do some laundry. It couldn’t have come at a better time since we had rain today.