Just hung up the phone with Rob, on the bike, doing 16 mph, in a steady rain, on his way into TS 29, Yates Corner, KS, and all I can say is "Wow!"
He sounds like the day before the race started when we chatted: Happy, same old Rob, enjoying a nice bike ride. He says that he feels like he still has good power in his legs and he is just dosing it out steadily, in anticipation of those West Virginia climbs in a few days. I remember Rob in '96 and '00 at this point in the race, and while I know that he has his highs and lows along the road in every race, he really did sound exceptionally good this morning.
He was having a breakfast, on the bike while riding, of cold pizza, which he really seemed to be enjoying.
Last night's sleep was slightly extended. He has been having some skin abrasion issues, which night crew driver and paramedic Mike Desilet has been treating. Mike told me this morning that it actually looks like they might be starting to heal, rather than getting worse.
Don't forget that you can track Rob on My Athlete. As he moves toward the east coast, cell phone coverage seems to be good.
Enjoy the ride as he heads into day six of RAAM 2010!