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Re: [OM] Nathan's PAD 12/6/2022: a bike ride

Subject: Re: [OM] Nathan's PAD 12/6/2022: a bike ride
From: Wayne Shumaker <om3ti@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:45:54 -0700
At 6/12/2022 12:01 PM, Nathan wrote:

>I will be unable to cycle for a week, since tomorrow morning I have an early 
>meeting and on Tuesday morning I depart for a business trip to my favourite 
>country, Denmark, where I will stay until Sunday but with no time for cycling. 
>So today I wanted to do a proper ride, and I decided to go to the Carrasqueta 
>mountain pass, a good 35 km climb from sea level where I live to 1020 meters. 
>Once you leave the coast, temperatures here are on the wrong side of 40C (104F 
>in imperial money) so the key was to leave early, around 8:15, to make sure 
>that any climbing would be done before it got seriously hot.
>About 6 km from the pass there is a roadside bar called Venta Teresa where I 
>always stop for a Coke and a snack. Part of the attraction (aside from the 
>fact that this is the ONLY such facility during the last 15 km of the climb) 
>are the funny decorations they have:
>Including this â??weather stationâ?? which I have translated in the caption:
>The owner came out to greet me while I was taking the preceding photos:
>After enjoying my snack (an empanadilla de atún) I got back on the bike and 
>climbed the remaining 300 meters over 6 km. The views from the pass never get 
>The buildings on the coast are Alicante (to the right) and El Campello (where 
>I live) to the left.
>Then I got back on the bike and let gravity to its thing to get me home. After 
>uploading my ride to Garmin Connect, I saw that the maximum temperature 
>reached 42C. No wonder I have been thirsty all day.

I hope you are taking some electrolytes also. Here in AZ, temps  (imperial) 108 
F, find it necessary. Although if I ride, though, I try to get out before 
temperatures hit 95F. 

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