What does my title mean? "Standing to Sandy"? My saddle sore has continued to be a serious handicap. For some reason, on days 4 and 6 it didn't seem so bad and I enjoyed the ride more and performed better. But on days 3, 5, and 7 it detracted from my enjoyment and I could not ride well. Since today was short and much of it downhill, I decided to see if I could ride standing up the entire way. I hoped that by not putting any weight on my butt, maybe it would heal.
Sure enough, I never once sat down except a few times off to the side while coasting slowly, such that my weight was only on my good side. It was a strange way to pedal such a long distance as 53 miles, but I did it. Now the question is: Was it worth it? Did it actually help me heal? Not as much as I had hoped, but maybe by tomorrow morning it will be a more noticeable improvement.
Breakfast was great, and we were not in a rush. We did not depart until 10:00, so there was still plenty of time for lingering/exploring/treasure hunting.
For only the second time, I needed to wear warmer clothes during the morning. Someone said it was going to be below freezing in the morning, but it was much warmer than that. Still, descending the first six miles at about 35 mph made it cold, plus we descended down Hwy 26 for another 11 miles. We got to remove our extra clothing at the 24-mile rest stop, as we did the last time when we needed extra clothes departing Packwood, WA.
I rode so slowly (standing) that I was one of the last ones in to the lunch at a park near our motel. It was about 1:45. I ate the leftover tri-tip from the night before -- even though we were at a pretty fancy restaurant, the staff saved our leftovers for use the next day.
At the motel, I (and many others) did laundry. We had a sign-up sheet to take turns, and mine came as everyone was headed out to dinner. No problem; a Safeway is next door and I bought a hot sandwich and some deli things and ate while working on this blog. And I have clean clothes!
It's now 9:00 and time to go to bed. Tomorrow is 86 miles with 5700' of climbing, ending in Detroit Lakes.