More of the valley, mountain, valley pattern. Here we see the mountains on the horizon with the road stretch out to meet them in the distance.
I don't have an iPod, or other music source, so I have to keep my mind engaged by either looking for interesting photo opportunities, playing with the GPS, or by doing mental fuel/mileage/distance gymnastics. I spend time thinking about my mileage (roughly 44 MPG over the whole distance), miles travelled, remaining fuel, and estimated time and distance to next fuel stop. Then I check my rough mental calculations against the GPS.
Because of the large distances between gas stations, I decide not to push my luck and fuel up more frequently than normal. At these altitudes and speeds, the bike can easily do 200 miles on a tank, but on average, I fill up at the 167 mile mark.
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