WOW! You think riding in a group in the day time takes all of your attention, try 11:30 at night! I had my first full shift night ride last night and it was enlivening. Seven of us speeding along sometimes at 20 mph, in the dark. We of course have lights on our bikes and the ambulance is right behind us, but it really is a special challenge. You really have to be at the top of your game and you senses are just at their maximum red line. What a rush. It was terribly cold. How cold was it you might be asking? The water in my water bottle froze. That’s how cold it was. We could barely speak to each other, our cheeks were so cold. We get to do it again tonight from midnight to 6 am, sunrise on the bike, what could be better? (Well, ok, I know of a couple of things.) ;-)
Hey! We made it through the border from Canada ok – Who da thunk it? Team 2 and Team 3 went through the crossing at the same time.
Here is a picture of our bikes on the road. We have to spend a lot of time in the van as we ride ahead to make it to the next transition point for shift change.
This next shot is of Team 1 coming in off the road for transition for Team 2, my team. This was near Bemidji, Minnesota.
Thank you to everyone who has been following along, and leaving comments. Your thoughts and comments are truly motivating.