Posted by: rustymccain | June 9, 2011


After yesterday’s epic ride, we were both toast. We both slept in a little today. We stayed at a Motel 6. For our purposes, they are perfect, inexpensive and clean. We did, however, discover why they are called Motel 6. Apparently it is because their beds are made for people 6 feet tall and under. We are both around 6’5′ tall and Ray told me he felt like his feet were in the next room. But we did get some needed rest.

A look back at Carson City and the Sierras

We needed to try and do a recovery ride today, knowing that tomorrow is going to be another real test. We are on the edge of the desert in Fallon, Nevada and tomorrow is a 112 ride to Austin. As far as I know, there is only one store a little over half-way, at a place called Middlegate. I wish there was a place called Quartergate or JustalittlepastMiddlegate, but there isn’t. So, we have a big day ahead of us.

With that in mind, we took it really easy today. We had a 65 mile ride from Carson City to Fallon, going close by Virginia City. I could feel the spirit of Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. Before the ride, we had a great breakfast at a local diner. Then we went to the local bike shop in Carson City called “ The Bike Smith”. The shop was very helpful resolving my cleat problem and doing a minor adjustment on my bike without a minute of waiting. It is good to have bike shops along the way accommodate cyclists so well. Thanks Bike Smith!

Once we were good to go, we headed toward the desert. While there were rolling hills, the course lost some elevation, so that was good. However the wind just didn’t cooperate. It was a swirling wind and hit us from every direction. All this was manageable though and it was a beautiful day, so we are in good shape. The only problem is that we both have a case of “buttitis”. It is a condition where your butt hurts from riding more than you can possibly train for and it makes you think about it… a lot. Therefore, a transcript of most of our conversation today would read like this: “My butt hurts, how far do we have to go?”, “My butt hurts, about 37 miles, when do we stop for rest?”, “My butt hurts, let’s stop here, want to eat?” , “My butt hurts, yep, we haven’t eaten in 7 minutes.” I think this condition should resolve itself soon, butt, you never know.

Nutrition Experts

We will stay in Austin for two nights. We have a rest day scheduled after tomorrow’s ride. On my rest day, I hope to get in a swim and a long run, somewhere between 18-20 miles. (I plan on no such thing, I just threw that in for my son Lucas and my IronSon, Jonathan…have to keep them on their toes)

I don’t know about internet access in Austin. It’s population is under 400. And, the next few towns aren’t much bigger. So if I don’t post for a few days that’s why. The weather has been perfect, we have completed around 331 miles and most people have been really nice. For those who are keeping up with us….thank you…. it is good to know that people are interested.



  1. You guys are awesome!! What an adventure – thanks so much for sharing. Stay safe and ride strong!

  2. Wow! What a story – the genesis of a book no doubt. Reading this blog, and checking out Google maps to chart your progress is fast becoming a part of my early morning routine. Please know that you are in the prayers of lots of folks. Hang in there.

  3. I am enjoying your well written blog! I’m jealous, I hope to make a trip cross-country some day! Stay safe and hydrated. Doing the Harpeth here tomo w Lance.

  4. 190 yet? Thurs nights weren’t the same without you. Love keeping up with you and Razor.

  5. Sounds like a great adventure so far. Hope it continues to be mostly good and you get over the buttitus. Hmm, my computer doesn’t recognize that as a real word….sure it’s real to you two!

  6. WOW–what a trip–proud of you guys and happy to follow your escapades, butt-capades, bike-capades–whtevr–be safe and have fun!!

  7. Put a big ol’ fist full of chamois-butter on the netherlands and let her rolllllllll!!! If that doesn’t work try some melted butter, mixed with honey. If all else fails stand up and pedal… alot. You guys Rock! We’ll miss you on the ride tomorrow. Shake n Bake!

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