Le Half-Tour de U.S. 2014 | Day 20

July 23, 2014

Malta to Glasgow

Notes from today:

  • up at 6am, went for breakfast at the Great Northern (same place we had dinner last night).
  • when returning from breakfast we noticed the wind was blowing once again in the wrong direction.
  • James got a flat on his front tire 25 KM into the ride.
  • 40 KM into the ride we stopped for our 2nd breakfast in a little town called Saco. We chatted with some locals there to gather some intelligence regarding the availability of services on the route ahead.
  • we stopped again about 25 KM later at a convenience store and ran into one of the guys we had chatted with back in Saco.
  • it was a tough day in the saddle today due to the headwind, which was significantly stronger than yesterdays. We took turns breaking the wind which was helpful but progress was still painfully slow. We could barely maintain 18 KM at times.
  • we arrived in Glasgow around 3:30pm and the first couple of motels we checked out were all full. Fortunately we found a room at the Cottonwood Inn which is quite nice.

Headwind days are pretty much a cyclist's worst enemy. When you are faced with a big hill, you know you will eventually reach the top and enjoy a nice fast descent. But with a headwind, you fight constantly and your progress is slow. So it can be very demoralizing. To stay positive I tried to focus on the fact that it wasn't raining and the fact that I'm on a cycling holiday.

Comments

  • Diane St-Jean: I was just checking the weather in Glasgow when M told me you had arrived y - posted over 4 years ago
  • Diane St-Jean: it's quite hot where u are. Thunderstorm in your forecast this evening. We are getting one right now - posted over 4 years ago
  • Diane St-Jean: Not sure how bad it will be but it sure is dark right now. - posted over 4 years ago
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  Malta to Glasgow

  • 114.0km
    Distance
  • 5:19:21
    Moving Time
  • 270.8m
    Elevation

Today's Photos

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Early morning in Malta
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road that goes on forever
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Lake Bowdoin
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James fixing his first flat of the trip
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rest stop in Saco for our 2nd breakfast
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standard Montana scenery
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James having a rest in the middle of nowhere
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7pm and someone's already out for the night.