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Dave & Rob have finished their first day of riding -- read more below. To see where they went on the map and check their stats, copy and paste this link: http://www.davidmcrobbie.com/grizzard/day1.html
The map below is supposed to show live tracking of our journey. But it wasn't working correctly when I tested it Saturday night. Try clicking on my name to the left; this will open a page that shows where we are every 10 minutes once we start bicycling.
THE ADVENTURE Badwater, Death Valley to Mt Whitney: Lowest point in the continental US to the highest (-282 ft to 14,505 ft). Sunday Sept 19: Badwater to Panamint Springs by bike, 72 miles. Monday Sept 20: Panamint Springs to Whitney Portal by bike, 62 miles. Tuesday Sept 21: Whitney Portal to Whitney Summit by foot, 11 miles.
THE ADVENTURERS Claude Grizzard, Chip Grizzard, Mike Shepherd, Dave McRobbie, Paul McRobbie, Rob Muthiah and Nelson Arias (driver).
THE STORY Badwater to Panamint Springs | Sunday, Sept 19 Challenging day! Dave & Rob were dropped off by Paul at Badwater early this morning (thanks Paul!). We clipped into our pedals at 7 am and started making tracks in this oven they call Death Valley. It was probably only 75 degrees when we began, but by 10 am the thermometer in Stovepipe Wells was registering 100! It was a real sufferfest. But somehow we managed to crank our way through it and make it back to our motel in Panamint a little after 3 pm. Air conditioning never felt so good! We figure we went through 6 gallons of water & energy drinks today (because there aren't many water sources here, we stashed a couple of gallons by the side of the road when we drove to the start this morning).
Around 6:30 tonight we got a knock on the door -- it was Claude, Chip, Mike and Nelson! They encountered fierce, hot headwinds early in their trip (they began at Badwater at 2 pm when the temperature was 116). So they bailed somewhere near Stovepipe Wells. Chip kept going to the 50-mile mark but the 30 mph headwinds were just too much, so he, too, jumped into the van. Tomorrow morning at 6 we'll all start together for the trip to Whitney Portal. It should go better for us in the higher elevations.
Photos to come tomorrow . . . the WiFi at this motel is way too slow for uploads.