Bruce's Day Three Report
Posted 6/23/2005 09:44:00 PM EST by Bruce Deming
I hardly know where to start, so I'll begin by saying sorry it's taken so long for me to post an update. The past three days have been amazing and very hard. A few memories come to mind -- riding threough the desert the first night with a temp of 101 at midnight -- searing heat in our lungs as we hammered away at the pavement for hour after dark hour. Today, we had a rider suffering from lack of sleep so we had the crew get a room and catch up with the rest of us later. Lou Lamoureux and I rode through the night last night across the Arizona desert, an dthen all day into Utah and eventually Colorado. Everyone -- all members of the crew and all memberts of the team, have peformed incredibly. We just passed through Durango Colorado, and are now headed for Wolf Creek pass, at 10,500 feet, the highest elevation of the race. Then, it's on to Trinidad, Colorado, and after that, the Kansas border sometime tomorrow morning. Thanks for your continuing support and God bless you all. All the best, your smelly pal, Bruce
We Salute Bob Breedlove
Posted 6/23/2005 05:33:00 PM EST by Catherine Cooke
With profound regret, Race Across America announces that Bob Breedlove, competitor #188, collided head-on with a pickup truck at approximately 12.15 p.m. EDT, on June 23, 28 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado. When paramedics arrived on the scene they pronounced him dead. The accident took place on a section of road that sloped very gently downhill for cyclists in the race. According to the driver of the pickup truck, Bob Breedlove appeared to collapse on his bicycle and swerved into the path of the oncoming vehicle.
Cyclists competing in the Race Across America are offered the option of completing the race, should they so desire.
Race Director Jim Pitre said: "Speaking both personally, and on behalf of the entire management and all those associated with the race, I extend my most sincere sympathy to the family of Bob Breedlove."
Cortez to Durango
Posted 6/23/2005 03:26:00 PM EST by Catherine Cooke
The team just arrived in Cortez, Colorado and should be in Durango by 4:15. This mornings highlight was seeing the sunrise through Monument Valley in Utah.