|Team Mang at QFC, all prepped and ready|
|Regrouping at the Kent REI stop, mile 25|
|We've got the best banner in STP!|
|Tenino stop - mile 85|
The ride towards Chehalis was probably the only time we were able to ride as one big group. After that, the open roads, headwinds and the hill towards Napavine would slow down a few of us, just enough to break the train into at least 3 groups. The lonely stretch towards Vader took its toll on a few of the Mangs as all the STP riders had to contend with a headwind on the rolling highway through Winlock.
|At the Vader stop, mile 126, Team Mangs are still all smiles!|
Probably the hardest part of the ride was to follow - the rolling hills between Vader and Lexington (skipping the Castle Rock stop) combined with headwinds and the heat approaching its peak around 3PM. The one consoling thing is that most of those roads go through forests and provide shade. By the time we got to Lexington, mile 145, the heat was at its peak - probably somewhere in the upper 70's to lower 80's. It was still manageable, though, and having ridden in over 90 degree weather a couple of weeks ago gave the added assurance that this wasn't too uncomfortable. We left Lexington around 4:30.
|Team Mang/Aling at Mile 145, the Lexington stop|
Everyone had stories of how that last 20 miles were probably the hardest. Highway 30's big rolling hills provided the last bit of challenge to the day's ride. The Team Mang/Aling train grew long by this time - with riders separated from one another by quite a few minutes.
|Some of the Mangers at the Finish Line|
|Enjoying some steak after the ride!|
Here's to another successful STP ride for Team Mang! Maybe we'll do this again next year or not (we're still feeling our legs as we write this). If we do, you can be sure, it will be another enjoyable, memorable team event!
|In one day, we might add...|
Thanks to Eric for the Garmin Statistics on the ride.
And here's the video: