Back on the road ! And with good sensations today – the rest proved useful. I went north to reach the Grand Canyon, a nice ride of almost 60mi/100kms.
I was quaking when I got ready to depart : would I be able to ride again ? Would I be rested enough ? Will I tire before the end ? Will I go slow, or fast enough ? After leaving Williams and turning north, everything went great. There was a bit of tailwind, sunshine and not too much heat. The first half was more or less a slow downhill, and the second half, more or less a slow uphill. But in the end I went pretty fast, and did the ride in less than 4 hours.
It was almost a continuous straight line north, with some bumps, first inside the Kaibab forest, then on a large plateau going up to the horizon, with scarce vegetation again. The only marker was the Red Butte, like an impossibly far and lonely mountain, coming up, and up, until I passed it. Then forest resumed and I entered the Grand Canyon park. I bought a yearly pass to all the National Parks for simplicity. I reached the campground I wanted and set up tent. The Village itself is a very well organized resort, with free shuttle buses, many trails, and lots of informations.
Based on the recommendations of a physician (or a physicist ?), I replaced coke with some “sports drink crap” that I was mocking on the “culture shock” page. It might be the source of my increasing fatigue. I also did real stops along the way. At day’s end I felt good. We’ll see tomorrow.
What ? The Grand Canyon you say ? It cannot be described : the views just take your breath away. So here are some pictures 🙂