GOOD MORNING... um... Salome, AZ.
We are about 12 miles out of TS 5 in Salome. It's been a gentle but steady uphill for the last 50 miles, so Rob's pace has slowed a bit.
The sun is up and he says he feels good, if a bit logy. I told him it was because we were going uphill. It looks like he will end up doing about 230 miles during our overnight shift, which is, by all measures, super-neeto.
He just had some regular, caffeinated cola to perk him up a bit and his pace looks great.
We will be transitioning out of the pace van for day crew in about an hour. They will have to leap frog all day, since close-follow is not allowed in Arizona between 7:00 AM - 7:00PM local time.
We will head up the road about 200 miles with the shuttle crew, grab some breakfast, find a hotel and get about 5-6 hours of sleep.
I actually brought my running shorts, harboring the delusion that I might sneak in a run. HA!
Sleep is paramount.
But not for Rob. Not yet. He has some more pedaling to do. In 100 degree heat. Uphill. The hardest part of RAW is about to unfold.