super speedy update


quick update while we have cell service…

We’re starting day 3, and gearing up for the last 60 miles–which should be relatively (see below) ok, after we crest a near 3,000 ft climb halfway through.

The first day was a 85 mile trek–to make up for lost time from flight delays, and also a nice, casual way for her to get used to long rides. It involved an epic (and I don’t use this word lightly) two-peak climb–that took nearly 3 1/2 hours to summit. It’s a challenging grade, but doable–it just wears on your legs and spirits; and becomes nearly as mentally challenging as physical. Why do it? There’s a reason you see a view from 6 or 7 thousand feet up and feel entirely small–(even PK feels small!)…how you arrive there is personal I suppose; a car would do just fine. But when you get to zoom down a switch-back filled mountain for 45 minutes (yes, it takes that long to get down); suddenly it doesn’t seem like such a fool’s errand.

Yesterday was a mere 50 miles–20 of which were another 2k summit. I felt a little better when Philip said: “This is by far the longer sustained climb I’ve ever done. Not the steepest, but the longest”. Phew! Someone else was suffering too. More details on the climbs, the roads, the fact that there wasn’t a house in sight for 50 miles (or anywhere to get water)…later.

The whole trip has been on highway 21–from Boise to Stanley thus far. As we climbed around mile 17 yesterday; there was a moment of delirium, because each turn around the jagged, spring-filled mountainside only gave way to another huge hill… Says Philip: “Highway 21 is like our relationship.” Katie: “All uphill?” Philip: “It just keeps on going…it won’t end!”

Truth be told, highway 21 ends today, and at the dead-end we turn South on 75; the trick is, when you climb it just seems never-ending, impossible, and like you’re not going anywhere. I imagine life, and relationships, feel that way too. But when you stop for a second and turn around, you look down and see that in the meantime, you’ve climbed a mountain. Highway 75 cannot possibly be as “epic” but it’s not an end, either–simply another journey.

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