After enjoying a fun day celebrating my Birthday on my bike, it was back to business. Actually, it was more like another fun day on the bike. I always have fun riding on my bike, birthday, or not!
It was another hot day of riding. I watched as all the riders left. After I was sure they all had left, I followed the last rider up the steep climb to the highway. Like in previous years, we all walked up!
|Terry is all set to go|
And soon we were on the open road again!
|More interesting clouds|
I spent a lot of the day riding with the others, but I did also ride on my own.
|Couple from Alabama|
A bit down the road, I saw fellow rider Charlene ahead. I thought she was resting, so I stopped and took photos of some horses. It turns out she had a flat. One of many that day! (a record amount of 6 flats- most ever on a day of Tour De Jasper) I helped her fix some earlier in the day and showed her how to change a flat. I gave her one of my spare tubes that I had brought in my bags, I had a bunch since I was the sweep.
We started riding again, until she had another flat! I was running of tubes, specifically the Presta valve ones. Just as I was going to put yet another tube on, I noticed that the tire was ripped. I thought about duck taping it, but that's just crazy. It's a SUPPORTED tour and she can easily change the tires. One of the support vehicles picked her up, and drove her to the Tete Jaune campsite 10 km ahead. I rode the last 10 km by myself. In previous years I felt uncomfortable riding alone; this year I had no problem with doing just that. I was used to riding alone for days on my Pacific Coast bicycle trip last year. It's really not that bad. I did encounter a bear and cubs crossing the highway as I was going down the big hill to Tete Jaune, but they were off the road and deep in the bush when I passed where they crossed.
I arrived at the Tete Jaune campsite and there was a sudden applause. Yeh! I made it. Charlene was having her tires changed by Mark the Mechanic and soon was driven back out the 10 km and finished the day's ride! Yeh for Charlene!