We had a tough 3620 ft climb around mile 50 that took us longer to summit than expected, but then we made up some time zipping down a nearly 7000 ft descent afterward.
We stopped for water and supplies in Purmamarca and knew we’d be cutting it close. We had 20 miles to go, but we were up for the challenge. With sunset fast approaching, we hightailed it out of town.
We had already been on the bikes for almost 7 hours. And this is on the heels of a 71 mile day we did yesterday. Put some lycra on us and we might actually look like real cyclists!
Sunset came and went. We only had the light of dusk remaining. We dug down and drove hard.
Then came the thunder and lightning. With the sky threatening above us, we pushed on, hoping the storm would blow over or we’d outrun it.
But luck was not on our side. When it began to hail, we called it quits. We quickly found a camp spot, assembled the tent and jumped inside as the hail turned into a drenching rain.
Our game was rained out. The universe decided a century was not in our cards today.
We were close though: 96 miles.
This still calls for a little vino-bration!