Today we managed 42 miles before surrendering to the wind. In all my years of riding I have never encountered anything like them. The winds came powerfully out of the south and our road led us south east mile after mile. We climbed two mountains only to be dangerously blown from side to side on the descent. Road rash at 35 mph can be very painful. As we descended into the valleys we would have had to pass through sandstorms.
So the decision was made to pack up the bikes and go to Cedar City. This is supposed to a fun ride. Without the wind it would have been an easy and pleasant. With the wind it was grueling and dangerous.
Comment: Regarding Pat the Younger(but still older than 75% of America's population)
If you read his blog comment about me trying to get to one of the summits before him you will appreciate my side of the story. Okay, I can't keep up with Pat. But yesterday, I noticed I was closing a big gap on our third summit. Slowly as we approached the summit I thought I might just take a chance and blow by him. He slowed to talk to Rod who was parked near the summit. With one big senior effort I shot past him, I might have said something inappropriate as I was going by, I can't remember. Pat woke up to what was happening and screamed,"This is not going to happen" and blew by me to the summit.
I'm sure Pat is the kind of guy who would go to the senior center and steal thet walkers.