Saturday was hot and muggy. While not my favorite riding weather I don't hate it and it's good timing if I hope to get acclimated to the heat before Unbound XL. I headed out around 7:30 on the Cutthroat. S/SW winds were pretty strong already at the start. I decided on Darwin once again, trip #5, but took a different route. I went further South, flirting with Hutchinson, before crossing Hwy 15 and making my way back up to Darwin and the Ball of Twine.
I popped the 100oz bladder into my hydration pack, previously 70 oz, before I left. Good thing. By the time I hit Darwin I was ready for more. Couple Gatorades, liter of water, and a Coke later I was good to go. I stayed East of Powder Ridge before making a push West. The tailwind was amazing but created many "dead zones"....so hot!