June 10th, 77 miles to Payson

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Tailwinds made today a relatively easy ride. The first two thirds of the ride was on sparsely populated valleys and then after Eureka I climbed into the basin that was more populated.

The wind was already blowing lightly when I got on the road. Fortunately, it was a tailwind. I followed US 6 out of town. A few miles out I met two cyclists stopped on side of the road. Each towing a two wheel bicycle trailer. I then noticed their bikes had engines and hence they were able to zoom past. Apparently their destination was Wyoming.

Without much difficulty I made it to Lynndyl at mile 16 where photo above was taken. This was good place for a few more breakfast items. After this the road split and I took the less populated one. It had a few gradual ups and downs but nothing too severe. There was rest area near 39 miles and then this research area sign shortly after that.
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At 49 miles the road split and then went through a gap in the mountains with two miles of gentle climb to Eureka. It didn’t look like much was open in the main street of Eureka. I did find a gas station for chance to get lunch at 51 miles.
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Also nearby was the Porter Rockwell Cabin.

After this finished the climb out from Eureka and had a good descent on other side.
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At 66 miles I took a back road through Genola and then past a rocky quarry and many orchards to ride the back roads into Payson. Overall a fairly easy day made a bit easier by a nice tailwind. Will have to see how these winds continue since after tomorrow need to decide whether to follow I-70 route or US 40 route.

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