Today we went for an 80-miler that started out wonderfully, rolling through a mixture of cornfields and forest-valleys with incredible views of the scrunched rocks of the Pennsylvania landscape. However, it did get pretty hot just in time for us to climb a 14% grade for 7 painful miles - the total ascent for the day was just under 6000 feet. A cold mountain spring pouring from the side of the mountain a few miles into the climb revived me just enough to finish the climb, which of course culminated in whistling winds whipping us at the top. But, the views of the landscape and the windmills lining the mountain made it worthwhile. Luckily, the day ended with a down hill - a mile and a half of 14% grade that made me grab my brakes pretty hard the whole time... even so I still hit 50 mph. It was thrilling, to say the least.