Today was a disciplined day. We rode smart and careful to protect Len, his lead on the age group, and catch the mistakes accumulating fatigue is causing us all to make.
We even see the other racers helping each other out. The biggest cheers we get all day are from the racers (mostly for the open category of younger racers, one woman who started a day ahead of the men and an amazing 60 year old who is also racing with a 1 day head start). We share fruits and snacks among the crew (racer diets are deep secrets), as we share this amazing experience.
We can almost smell the finish … We are excited to see the final results, but eager to get home and have more than two shirts to wear.
Len passes through TS45 in Ellenboro, West Virginia
With only 10 time stations in the Race Across America remaining, Len passed through TS45 in Ellenboro, West Virginia at 8:25 this morning. Hopecam thanks Barry Moss, Ed Gosselin, McGuire Woods Consulting and Jack Dale for their support!
Ellenboro was named for Ellen Mariah Williamson, the eldest daughter of the family that granted a right of way for the Baltimore Ohio railroad. It is a very rural area along the Ohio River with a lot of wildlife. Annual rainfall is 45 inches. (Source: Flint Hill School students)
We know you’re singing it, too… “Take Me Home, Country Road!”
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal: The winning team arrived in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, while a new rookie pace record was set by Swiss cyclist Reto Schoch, finishing the 3,000-mile journey in just 8 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes. Early this morning, the leading woman, Trix Zgraggen, also of Switzerland, cycled to Annapolis` City Dock. As many as six other solo riders find themselves on the cusp of reaching the shores of Chesapeake Bay today.
At the same time, Len Forkas is still leading the solo male 50-59 age group while he pushes across Ohio and into West Virginia today. The weather will be… Read More»
Thank you to Michael Horst at Time Station 41 in Oxford, Ohio!
Hopecam is grateful to Michael at the Race Across Amercia time station of his aunt’s and cousin’s alma mater. Oxford is the home of Miami University of Ohio. Over 46% of the 22,000 residents are between the ages of 20 and 24. It covers 7.23 square miles. The city has great biking, golfing, fossil hunting and a terrific farmers market. (Source: Flint Hill School students)
Team 812 arrived in Annapolis, Md., in 5 days, 5 hours and 5 minutes, while a new rookie pace record was set by Swiss cyclist Reto Schoch, finishing the 3,000-mile journey in just 8 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes. At the same time, Len Forkas is still leading the solo male 50-59 age group while he pushes across southeastern Indiana into southwestern Ohio today. Fortunately, Len and his team will pick up valuable time with a tail-wind and comfortable temperatures under plenty of sunshine trekking across Indiana, Ohio and eventually into West Virginia through early Saturday… Read more»
After a week of racing, we have learned so much, most of it good. But we have also accumulated some bad habits with the confidence.
We got used to the widely spaced turns of the west, where we would remain on one road for hundreds of miles, and find ourselves unprepared for the tightly spaced turns of the east, where you could have four or five in a mile. With Len’s amazing strength - we keep thinking we can do more.
Yesterday we learned there are consequences to overconfidence. We did not properly manage Len’s reserves, thinking they were an endless font, and we cost ourselves some time recovering.
On the positive side, I think we all learned very clearly to respect this race and distance. We are over 80% done with the race, which sounds like we are almost done - but that represents over 600 brutal miles through the Appalachians, and there is much that could go wrong.
For the next few days until we finish, we need to be smart and careful. If we are we can finish this race in beautiful shape. If we are not, the race can end in an instant.
Halfway through Indiana at Time Station 39 in Bloomington, we thank Stephen Ritchey, Scott Goss and Jeff Megrue for supporting Hopecam!
Our classic rock fans at the Flint Hill School tell us that Bloomington is the home of John Mellencamp, the Chocolate Festival and Indiana University. It’s a big city, with over 80,000 residents. It’s no surprise that Bloomington is the birthplace of basketball, but you might be surprised to know that it was the first city in Indiana to ban smoking in public areas.
What tunes will DJ Wayne be spinning tonight? How about a little “R-O-C-K in the USA!”