We started our morning with a light breakfast and discussion of what route to take. Strava recommended a different set of roads but it wasn't clear that it was a better option. It uses popularity to recommend routes and I just don't think there are enough cyclists riding in our direction for this to mean much. So we stuck with the original plan and it actually worked out well, with just a few glitches.
We starterd our ride with nice temperatures and blue skies. My stomach was a bit off but as we rode, I felt better and better. We started by crossing the Ohio River. That was a real treat.
Crossing the Ohio River
Once we were on the other side, it was goodbye Kentuky and hello Indiana.
Crossing the State line
We're in Indiana
The route soon took us on back roads that were virtually traffic free and perfect for cycling. Except for the dogs. We had at least 8 encounter with dogs. Most though did not stray far from their property lines but still gave me a start. The worst were a black German Shepherd, and two pit bull mixes. The latter stood in the middle of the road and just stared us down. The van did wonders though in getting it to give up it's ground. Here's a shot of him working its way around the van to get a better angle on me....
We fortunately avoid direct contact with any of the dogs, though one was within inches of Kenny. Kenny felt though that the dog was just curious. He's braver than I am!
More interesting city names...In fact, we rode right past Santa Claus, Indiana. Wrong time of the year I guess.It's home to the world's only post office with the Santa Claus name.
Nice farm roads
Memorial day is close
Mix of small cities
Once there my routine grew to upload all video, do laundry, shower, and then go out and fix the wheel. Fortunately I have spare parts and with a bit of care, got the wheel back in order. The one good thing that came of this mishap is that while working on the bike, a number of people stopped by, curious to find out what I was doing.
Garry Mac Pherson, visiting from the University of California, San Diego, was particularly interested in the ride. He too is a cyclist and I could tell he would have loved to have been on this journey. Also, he's the first person I have met who has heard of Boulevard, California!
So now, Dennis and Kenny are out buying supplies at Walmart, and I'm finishing this blog, right on schedule. We lost an hour somehow going to Indiana....At least that's what my iPhone says.
Dinner choices appear limited here in Washington, but I'm hungry and with a city motto "A city of pride and progress" things can't be all that bleak! We shall see...