Monday, June 21, 2010

80 Mile Results

On June 6th, the 3 Dudes mounted our steed in Washington, Missouri and headed west bound on the Missouri River. Our ultimate goal was to be at the Riverfront within 10 hours, giving us an average speed of 8 miles per hour over the 80 mile distance. The morning went well, covering the 38 mile distance to St. Charles in 4:16. Every hour we took a 5 minute break to discuss things about our training and to eat food. Food choices consisted of bananas, trail mix, cliff bars and water. As we rounded the bend at the Missouri & Mississippi confluence we began to really feel the heat of the day. We traveled out to the main channel and headed for the Arch. Upon nearing the riverfront we were confronted with multiple obstacles; there was a large tow boat on our right and a tow boat pushing barges on our left, both motoring upstream. We went to the middle to avoid direct contact and got to ride some huge waves, taking on some water in the process. We landed at the riverfront in 9 hours 32 minutes. It ended up being a great run that produced results we were happy with. We still need to get the hydration system completed and get the new foot rest installed for the center position. Check the short video. jm

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