|Monday, Sept. 18
A long climb
Route 12 was uphill all the way, and steeper than Mount Tawara. We were glad we didn't have our panniers. The road was smooth and wide but there was very little traffic. Rick checked the map and said the climb would be about 12 miles -- twice as long as the Mount Tawara climb. It was hot, and we were just grinding it out. We passed a big car-racing track that was deserted. I tried not to look at my odometer too often. After 5 miles of climbing, we stopped at a scenic viewpoint.