1,568 ft (elevation gain)
915.0 total miles
Van Horn -> somewhere on highway 118
Today was very interesting. We started the day fairly early because it was supposed to be a really long day with a fairly difficult climb. The beginning of the day was fairly easy, it was flat with a gradual up hilll and a tail wind. After these flats we started having some bigger hills, these continued to be fairly easy. For this portion of the ride we were on highway 10, the road was really loud so we ended up putting earplugs in. Aside from the noise the road conditions were pretty nice. At about mile 30 we started out major ascent, today we were supposed to climb about 3,500 ft. At the start of this climb it was pretty obvious that Tom wasn’t feeling to good, Dad and I were going faster and had a lot more power. Tom still isn’t feeling very good after his cold so The climb was harder for me. At about 12:30 and around halfway through the climb we decided to call it a day and ride the rest of it tomorrow. Although this was a little disappointing it had a big positive. We were able to go to the McDonald Observatory. This was a super cool stop, they have the second biggest telescope in the world and several other really cool telescopes. We were on a 2.5 hour tour and got to see the whole site and get up close to the telescopes. It was definetly worth the stop. Although today was a little smaller than we hoped going to the observatory was really neat and I’m super glad we got to see it.
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