June 20, 2012
After arather restless night, Gunnar was off again from Yates Center shortly before6:00. He passed the Missouri state lineabout 20 miles up the road, and we have been pushing on through the rollinghills of MO ever since. As of thiswriting at 20:00 race time he has biked 175 miles and passed three timestations.
We areracing against a cut-off time at the Mississippi River. Gunnar has to be at TS35 before 15:00 on June21. Otherwise he is out of the race. This sounds harsh, but when you consider thehundreds of RAAM volunteers who give their time to answer the phones for thetime station reports, you understand why these cut-off times arenecessary. After this time stationGunnar will have about 210 miles left to bike in order to reach the cut-offpoint. Keep your fingers crossed or holdyour thumbs as we say in Sweden.
Even thoughthe hills are steep, the biking is in some ways easier than the constant flatof western and central Kansas. At leastthere is a downhill here to coast down, so leg muscles get a rest. Especially since the wind wasn’t with us onthe Kansas flats.