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River Grade - 2011 TransAmerica Bike Ride

That’s what the locals refer to when roads follow rivers. A consistent, barely perceptible grade that goes for many miles. It makes riding in these mountainous areas very easy. As long as the wind cooperates. 72 miles from Kooskia to Riggins ID. We did 88 yesterday, mostly downstream along the Clearwater River. Today we started with 16 miles upstream, followed by a big climb to breakfast in Grangeville. After another hour we shot down a 8mile 7% downgrade to the Salmon River. Very exciting. The temp went up 15 degrees as we dropped, now in a very warm dry part of the state. Once we hit bottom we followed the Salmon the rest of the way. A tailwind gave us the illusion of riding downhill as we watched the river flowing against us. Weird.

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One Response to River Grade

  1. Carol says:

    Can’t believe how fast you’re going! It looks like you’ll be home soon which is great! We miss you! Dropped your girls off at the airport last night! Kelly was so excited! Can’t believe this day came and now she is off to Vassar!! She’ll do great! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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