For those who don't know about this event that is going on now - and has every year for decades - www.raceacrossamerica.org
The Race Across America is a 3000 mile journey - in real time. No daily start/finish and a good nights sleep and do it again tomorrow. This is a 3000 mile slog from the West Coast to the East - 24/7 1st to finish wins.
As the race, for the 3rd consective year finished in Annapolis, MD I was able to see (and talk to) some of the amazing (crazy?) riders who perservered from Oceanside, CA (near San Diego) over the Rocky Mountains through the midsection of the US over the Appalachians and to the Chesapeake Bay.
I spend a bit of Sunday (yesterday) up at Mt Airy Bikes (in Mt Airy, MD) which served as Time Station 52 (of 55) in the event. Got to talk to a Swiss solo rider team that had already finished and was wrapping up getting ready to board a flight home after a 10 day/10 hour crossing of the US.
I also spoke with a 4 man team that had a emergency spoke repair that the rider was very impressed with Larry Black's ability to reapair despite having never encountered before.
And I rode behind and then rode up ahead for a little bit with the one of the other solo riders.
After my 40+ miles I was happy to be done with my ride - but wowed those guys were in great spirits and still functioning and conscious after ~2975+ miles, with ~37 to go. (maybe that's why they were so up - less than 40 to go.
Fastest solo man - 9 days, 1 hour - 13.85 MPH for 3005 miles
Fasted team (relay style) - Team Type 1 (yes the pro team) - 8 man team - 5 days 11 hours - 22.97 MPH
Eat, ride and possibly sleep on the bike for days......