I stopped for some photos shortly after leaving town and as well as getting photos, I also managed to test the suitability of my engine bars by dropping the bike on its left side whilst preparing to dismount.
Although some of the mountain road was paved, there was very little of it in good condition, most of the paved parts had pot holes, broken and rutted tarmac from the heavy trucks. There was quite a lot of gravel sections and also some sand all of which made the bikes suspension work hard and kept the smiles on the riders faces.
Despite the slightly more relaxed start time of the day as we had only 145 miles to do, it still took 8 hours and was far from relaxing for both rider and bike.
The next day was a rest day, and a well erned one at that. Fortunately the bikes survived better than expected so Pete and Dom didn't have as much maintenance as they anticipated. We all took the time to check our bikes over for loose nuts and bolts etc. I also tilted my handlebars forward for a better position when standing.
One of our group was also offering to shave some heads so I had my new hair style tidied up by having the sides shaved!