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4/8/99 - Day Five Posting - Jacumba, CA



What a day this has been!!!

We left our beautiful Bread & Breakfast after a very gourmet and full breakfast. The weather was nippy and clouds were aplenty!!! We expected more rain, so we were all ready with rain gear and warm clothes. As we left the driveway of the Inn we were given an introduction to what lie ahead for us today...... hills and hills and more hills!!!

We huffed and puffed up the first hill. It was about 8:30 in the morning and there were not too many cars or trucks on the road. The ones that did pass us, like most great California drivers, gave us a wide berth!!!

Finally we reached the summit ... and what a delightful surprise at the summit. A great downhill .... way, way downhill!!! And what do you suppose greeted us at the bottom of that 500-foot drop? Right! A very long, (11 mile) steep grade that went up approximately 2500 feet! It seemed we dropped 600 feet and then climbed back up another 600-700 feet.... all day. One long hill after another. But how proud the "Fearless Foursome" (Jan, Nadine, Fern and myself) - rode these hills!!! We did lots of stopping to catch our breath (or ease the strain on our legs) but soon we would be off climbing, climbing, and climbing. We reached 3,300 feet elevation (may not seem like much to my California bike riders, but for us it was one day of hard travel!)

Make no mistake! We loved every minute of it! It was such an exhilarating moment when we reached a summit called "Tierra del Sol" because we knew the rest of the way for today’s travel was all down hill!

Our mileage was only 42.5 miles today (lots of dark clouds, but no rain!!!) but we felt like real troopers when we pulled up before Hot Springs Inn in Jacumba, CA.


All who rode the 42 miles felt like real warriors at the end of the day! (And I must add that those who did not make the full 42.5 felt just as proud.... each of us rides what our body can do. No shame in walking up a hill or getting sagged in ... or in stopping to rest as often as we need to .... we honor what each is able to do, and we all rejoice in each other's accomplishments!!!!)

The sights we viewed from both bottom, but especially the tops of the "hills" were breath-taking!!!! We found it hard to believe that we had actually made it up the hill! We congratulated one another and thought we had all done such a great job!

So much so that when we unpacked our gear, most of us relished the time we spent "cooking" in the mineral springs at the Inn!!!

We followed this delightful respite with a hearty dinner, followed very quickly by bed. Both Nadine and I (two consummate "night owls") hit the Sack at 9:15 p.m.!!!!

What a glorious day! Not only does one's heart soar like an eagle, today it seemed we flew up with the eagles!!!!

Peace and Hugs to all!!!

Kathleen

To read about Day Six click here.
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