The Little Things
Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
47Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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First, we had a Panera supplement at the hotel's lacking continental breakfast. I was very excited. Panera opens at 6 AM and by ten after I was chowing on a pair of warm, soft cinnamon crunch bagels. They were the warmest, softest bagels I've ever had from Panera and I was in my happy place pounding them down. Mind you, I eat non-stop on this trip, so those bagels were preceded by 4 glasses of orange juice, a large bowl of raisin bran, and a strawberry yogurt.
We had our first support stop at a pretty church in the middle of nowhere
We crossed the Illinois river on a cool bridge that was being worked on and I was able to snap some shots of everyone else riding since I left the first support stop a little early. The construction on the bridge was a blessing in disguise because it stopped the traffic allowing us to ride safely across instead of being pinched to the edge by traffic traveling in both directions.
Scott got another flat today. He's getting really good at it. He's also become some kind of rear-tire hypochondriac due to his excessive flatting. He's always asking if it looks flat. I don't blame him... half the time the air seems to just disappear from the tire.
Dad did a great job on the bike today. We had a long, challenging day with unfavorable winds but he rode strong from start to finish. He took noticeably fewer breaks to stop and stretch out his back. I think he has finally found a position that is treating him better for the daily grind. There are a lot of problems that flare up only after a week or more of all day riding. I've experienced a few, but I have to believe that there are many more for 55-year-olds. I'm proud of him for pushing through it!
Distance: 106.23 mi - 2,553.39 total
Time: 07:02:16 - 173:05:50 total
Elevation Gain: 1,748 ft - 84,091 total
Av. HR: 116 bpm - 126 overall
Calories: 6,338 - 167,752 total
Flat Tire Count:
Scott - 9
Stephen - 3
Mark - 2