Day 21 was a test day to see how well I recovered from my climbing. My legs were a little stiff and weak but no real pain. I started descending where I left off a several miles west of Miami. I had to hold back using the brake much of the time so it was slow going at first. When I rolled into town I was able to use high gear on the KH much of the way.
Miami bleeds into Claypool, which runs into Globe. It feels like one long town. I climbed a little leaving of town then began a gradual descent along a smooth (as long as I stayed off the shoulders) route 60. I was able to use high gear until the cross winds and hills around Peridot had me slog along in first. I managed to ride a ways west of Peridot.
Some Native Americans staged at a pull out called out to me to stop. They asked me questions about my ride and said they have problems with diabetes and filmed me while I talked about the benefits of eating right and getting plenty of exercise. They were going to show it to kids to encourage better habits. Those poor kids. Then they took a picture of me with a guy dressed as smokey the bear.
Stats for Day 21: 38.9 miles at 9.9 mph. Ave heart rate=100, Max heart rate=134, Ascent=1394′, Descent=2651′, max elevation=4253′, min elevation=2599. Garmin claims I burned 1073 calories. New bench mark now over 500 miles for the trip. 522, about 1/6th of the way.