Day 9 – June 26, 2001
Fruitland, ID - Baker
13.89 average speed
7:30am departure (Mountain Standard Time)
(Pacific Standard Time)
6:06:45 total ride
592.30 total trek miles
Crossing time zones on a bike has to be one of the most exhilarating
feelings one can experience while traveling. Now, I'm not including
skydiving, which is hardly "traveling," or any of those
extreme forms of transportation, which I hear can be quite exhilarating
but in a different way that crossing time zones is exhilarating.
of you may think I'm just being silly with all this time zone exhilaration
mumbo-jumbo, but I will tell you that when we were cruising down
the interstate at twenty miles per hour and we passed the sign announcing
our exit of the Mountain Standard Time Zone and our entrance into
Pacific Standard Time Zone, I felt the power one feels when he knows
he is chasing the sun and actually gaining something from it.
really just a fancy way to say we crossed the border into Oregon
to make this ride a Tri-State enterprise. The ride itself was good,
except for the common flaw that is surfacing in all our rides that
we always save the biggest hills to the end.
But we made it to Baker City with no problems and with plenty of
time to get a hotel, swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub and dine.