Doable it is ~ Eureka, Nevada

39.5717 -116.1852 to Eureka

Mr. Giraldo is now within 12-13 miles of his destination ~ Eureka. Nevada. The same destination I thought he would go for today. At the end of the day, it will have been a 70 mile ride and about 12 hours of cycling ~ his longest and best so far. That’s the kind of day I remember when on tour.  CONGRATS Sir! Now, "one more hill to climb" [so to speak]. I expect him to arrive between 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. PDT. The BROL thread is saying before 9:00 p.m., with a tail wind assist he is receiving. I hope they are right. It looks like BROL is right–maybe as early as 8:30 p.m–around 3 miles to go. The best…

Quite a ways to go, but doable

39.4422  -116.9836 to Eureka

We are down to about 60 miles remaining to get to Eureka, Nevada. Mr. Giraldo is now just over 2 hours into the journey. The questions are Eureka or the third summit?

Mr. Giraldo starts up @ 9:14 a.m. PDT

With a good day’s rest yesterday and an early start to  his cycling day, Mr. Giraldo is likely up to the challenge that a few hills and 70-mile ride, may bring. Hopefully, he has sufficient water for his trek across the desert. Will he try to make it to Eureka, Nevada [more] today?

Today’s Austin, NV Weather:

Hi: 71°

Mostly cloudy. Widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 66 to 72. Light winds becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph and gusty in the afternoon.

Lo: 45°

Mostly cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms in the evening. Isolated showers through the night. Lows 39 to 45. East winds around 10 mph.

Yesterday, I mention today as tough day of climbing, yes he has the 900′ from his overnight to the highest point outside of Austin. Well, the elevation profile [adding all the climbs and descents] gives use the numbers [lower right of this graphic] Terry referred to. He has given me a link to his Delorme Elevation Profile [below]

0619 Delorme

Terry goes on to say:

Distance 69.4 miles, total climbs 3395 ft, total descents 3700 ft (nice). There is a double summit right out of Austin (grades 6-8%) (climbs of 800 & 425 ft), a gradual climb to a 3rd summit at about 20 mi (grades 3-6%) (climb 825). Then a rolling downhill (climbs totaling 700 ft) before the last climb into Eureka (grades 3-5%) (climb 485 ft). There are camp-grounds at the 2nd & 3rd summits. Generally a comfortable, but extended day. Leave early.

RAAM Teams Race at 2:00 p.m. PDT


Saturday, June 20, 2:00 p.m. – RAAM teams.

Lets cheer on all the riders, but especially the ones we know.


BROL has participants:

Jim Rudnick (UtahBurley) [Team Type 2 Crew]

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Mr. Giraldo’s Day14 Pics are up

Tour of Discovery - Day 14 004 Our road warrior on June 19 [Day14] took us on a tour of  Austin, Nevada. Mr. Giraldo has posted 34 pictures from Day14 [his rest day].

You call see all of his media post using the media matrix page I created for him.

Mr. Giraldo is coming to BROL

Originally Posted by jalexartis

He has responded to 2 messages on his MB today. I thought I’d let him know we’ve been actively following. –jim

Yesterday at 3:53 p.m. PDT, I posted this on his messageboard.

Subject: BROL Readers Author: Jim Artis
Date: 6/19/2009 6:53 pm EDT Hello Mr. Giraldo,
We trust you are getting good rest in Austin. As you know, we continue to follow you daily. You have our prayers and best wishes. The number of reads on the BROL Thread [ ]are nearing 7,800, with 352 post on 36 pages. Would love if you could drop in when you can and converse with us.

This morning I read his 11:08 p.m. PDT response:

Author: Rafael Giraldo
Date: 6/20/2009 2:08 am EDT Hello Jim,
I want to thank you and all the BROL Readers for your prayers and amazing support. Please accept my apology if I have yet to make direct contact. The fact of the matter is that I wanted to make substantial progress prior to engaging in dialog. As this is my first time trying to accomplish a journey of this magnitude, I feel it is important to first prove myself to a certain degree. In the first stages of a tour such as this, one has to remain with all energies focused on the target. From what I have read, you guys are quite seasoned and I pale in comparison to the level of expertise you possess. Having said this, I will honor your request and will drop in to converse with you when I arrive to Eureka or Ely. By then, I will have covered a bit more ground and will be closer to the Nevada – Utah border.
Thank you again.
Sincere regards to you and all your friends,
Rafael Giraldo

My reply to his response at 2:18 a.m. PDT is:

Subject: RE: BROL Readers Author: Jim Artis
Date: 6/20/2009 5:18 am EDT
Thanks! We look forward to that contact and will be rewarded by it. We are a mix of riders, inspired by what you are doing. You fit, and will be one of us. Have a wonderful ride today. Just know that you have a bunch of folk riding along. The best…
BTW, the number of views on that thread is now up to 8,234, likely to be around 9K when you are able to check in.
Thanks again!!!

I think that was kind of like getting “ET” [Extraordinary Teacher] to call home. Sooner or later, he will also be a participant in this thread, on this board. Please be on your best behavior, the teacher is coming.

Okay, guys & gals, let’s give him LOTS of energy for the ride to Eureka.


The ‘BentRider Online [BROL] thread is good/fun reading for all. You do not have to be a member to read, although we welcome your membership and your posting on the forums. Of course, we are delighted the man we have been following [Mr. Giraldo] will pay us a visit. –jim