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DAILY REPORT: The weatherman was predicting 50% thunderstorms all day. Temp was 65 and expected to be in the mid 80's. A southwesterly wind and high humidity.
So let's see how far I get on today's journal. I'm a little tired and the the hotel's WIFI is proving to be problematic.....It is hard to believe that we have been gone now for a month. Wow, time share has flown by and we are eating up the miles with only a little over 1,000 miles to go!!
To begin, we had a nice continental breakfast at the Super 8 Motel. They had a waffle maker which is always a treat -- not as good as home but not bad :) We had to prep the bikes for wet weather so on went the fenders and we packed up the rain gear. As with most teenagers, James couldn't remember/find his rain jacket and the mysterious loss was directly related to his brother. Hmmmm..... Eventually we hit the road. The weather was the coolest in the last week but still really muggy.
The route today took us along a number of lakes and hills. In fact lots of hills. If you look at the summary data sheet we climbed over 7,000 feet today. That's a fair amount of climbing considering that there are no mtns here. All in all, the boys rode really well. We had one close call when a dog ran out in front of us and nearly caused a three cycle pile-up.
Some of the more interesting things, at least for me; I finally spotted a flock of turkeys. I had been looking for some since Missouri. There were about a dozen to a dozen and a half; out in a field following a tractor path. I wasn't able to get a good picture but they were neat to watch. Later on in the morning we came across a rat snake sunning himself on the road. A quick dismount of the bike and he was caught. He was a little feisty trying to bite me on more than one occasion. Took a few pictures and put him back in the woods to make sure a passing car didn't get him.
Skip did meet us for lunch in Eddiesville. By then the skies had cleared and it looked like we had missed the rain :) We had another 45 miles of riding to Marion KY. We biked along the Ohio River and even took a ferry across the river to get to Kentucky. This our ninth state. One more to go!!
As we were biking into Marion, the final stop of the day; the three of us were sprinting up the last hill of the day. I believe the police officer who was looking for speeders as we rounded the corner into town must have gotten a chuckle to see these three hot and sweaty bikers mashing gears. James was victorious and was awarded the yellow jersey for the day!!
Our hotel was about 15 miles south in the next town, so we loaded up the bikes and headed for Kuttawa, KY. The manger Nick of Relax Inn had given us one free room which was much appreciated. We took showers, did some bike maintenance, and then headed out for a Chinese dinner.
Skip's back had been bothering him today. While taking a picture earlier in the day he "tweaked" his back so he was glad to get to the hotel and get e chance to lay down and stretch out his back. Hope he is feeling better tomorrow.
As I write this it is raining outside and the prediction is rain all day tomorrow. We will be heading for Whitesville.
I also wanted to thank everyone who has donated to our two charities - Boys and Girls Club and the Wounded Warrior Project. We are getting real close to reaching our goal of $10,000. I have updated the donation page with our business and individual sponsors. (If I missed anyone please let me know.) Thanks again!!
Also as a reminder, Jason Parker, president of Parker Financial LLC is hosting a client appreciation wine tasting and charity event on Thurs., July 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Monica’s Waterfront Bakery in Old Town Silverdale. He will be collecting donations for the Riding4Hope Team. Thank you!!
Thanks for joining us.....ride safely and keep the wind to your back!!
The Riding4Hope Team
(David, John, James & Skip)
Signing out 7/30/09; 0130
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