I figured it out...if I could just bike somewhere really boring or ugly I could bike faster but since there's so much to see, I have to stop and take pics. Yeah, we'll say that's the only reason I'm SOOOOOOOOOO slow. I used to be able to bike 100 miles in 8 hours but now I am reduced to 42 miles in 7 hours and 20 minutes. I stopped in a bike shop to have something looked at on Saturday and the tech went to lift my bike (with only the back panniers on and loaded so my knees can slowly get used to the extra weight) onto the stand said "Wow, I don't know how you can ride like this!" I felt a little justified for going so slowly. Sadly though, that's only half the load I'll be taking on the bike with me. I chose a really hilly route so I could get more of those in since we'll be doing two days of killer climbing. I've got my work cut out for me! I think the last day has between 3000' - 4000' climb and I only did 1500 or so. This tour is starting to become scary to me...but I will finish it or bust! Hopefullly the latter won't happen.
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