Monday, March 7, 2011
I have great ideas of what to write while I'm biking and then at the end of the day fatigue seems to dull those thoughts. Well, today started at a chilly 45 degrees. I was up and on the road when there was just enough light, at 6:25; my goal was 90 plus miles to a town with a motel. I gave that goal up at about 10 o'clock. To bike in the cold I had several layers on and even after the sun came out in the afternoon I still had to keep most on, because I never really got warm. I started with a long sleeve athletic shirt with high neck which zips up, then my riding jersey, then a fleece jacket and my very bright yellow rain jacket. I wore long "spandex" over my riding shorts then a baggy pair of riding shorts over them, a head band and full finger gloves. I was warm and I will get another opportunity to dress like this as tomorrow it should start at about 38 degrees. So about that 90 mile goal: cold temperatures, head winds most of the day, and a road surface which is gravel with oil or tar over it. The surface is rough, you chatter along and it also takes away speed and requires more effort. Had that about a third of the day. I just could not push through. My only option was a campground, a very basic RV park. Did I say very basic? I called ahead and they said there was a restaurant just outside the camp. Well, when I arrived there 30 minutes before sundown, the restaurant was closed, yikes. So I rode back a mile to a convenience store, got a sandwich, chicken, and snacks. Raced back, set up the tent, ate in the laundry room, which was the only place with lights, showered, and am now doing the blog, in the laundry room. It's cold!! The manager came out so I could pay and offered a blanket which I accepted. So today's ride was all back roads and will continue that way for some miles. There was only one gas/convenience/ restaurant in the 70 miles, then again here at the end. Some observations: in FL dogs were usually in fenced yards, with all the old cars. Here in MS dogs are loose. Today I had several pursuits but no serious efforts, and once there were 4 at once. They did not have much of a coordinated attack so I easily foiled their effort. You should hear about the 5 very large and well coordinated dogs that chased me in ND on the last trip; very close and scary. I forgot to tell of yesterday's first for me. On one road a very large pig which was fenced in a large yard ran up and down the fence making noise; first time for a pig pursuit. Wonder what he would have done with no fence? Well I am reluctantly off to the tent, geez!
Posted by Dan at 5:45 PM