Today will be filled with bike cleaning and repair, and restocking food and supplies. Plus Sean wants to check out a bike shop that specializes in recumbent bikes. I also have a college friend (Jim Pyne) coming to visit and dinner plans with a long time friend (Amy Serafin). So it will be a busy rest day. And I want to get this blog summary out before I forget what yesterday was like!
Yesterday morning we were all up and about and ready to roll at 7:45. It had rained throughout the night but the sky was clear. Winds were strong but favorable. Very favorable.
Rick had just finished replacing the replacement tube with too short of a valve stem he had just put on to replace the glue-patched tube from yesterday. In my book that counts as two flats, or as our Irish friends would call them, two punctures.
We rolled out in good spirits though we were all bit concerned about the 104 miles ahead of us with lots of climbing.
Ready to roll!
Early morning riding
Catching up with group after flat repair #4
The ride was great. Tail winds pushed us up the hills and around the corners. This had to be the easiest century ride yet. I think we all felt like super heroes. Beautiful farm lands. Great views over rolling hills.
Missing the storms and enjoying nice cloud cover
Small town riding on quiet roads
Fun route through neighborhoods
Somehow Dennis's pose reminds me of Mr. T as he protects us and the van!
Diana was feeling great after lunch and the pace picked up noticeably. I heard a bit more breathing on the climbs but no one complained.
Pulling in the miles
Riding through York was a nightmare. I got right-hooked by a car and narrowly avoided getting taken out. The driver never saw me, despite my flashing lights. Not a surprise. Minutes later, Diana and David both almost got slapped in their necks by a large pickup truck with wide trailer mirrors. How it missed them is beyond me. All of this is a reminder to us to stay vigilant, especially when riding through areas with high traffic.
Once we passed York, the route was once again very pleasant and it wasn't until we started to cross the Susquehanna River, that Rick, the wall, once again flatted. Make that count #5. This was a pinch flat. No comment! We inflated this one with a WW I era CO2 cartridge that barely got the pressure up to a pinch flat resistance level. We topped it off with my pocket pump and were back on the road.
Ricks view as his tire goes flat
Ready to roll
(Rick's expression as I remind him that fixing flats is part of the game, might as well enjoy the break!)
We reach our B&B in good spirits. Cheered on not just by Dennis and Sean but also by the Inn owners, Lark and Michael.
Amy joined us for dinner at a great Peruvian restaurant, Serrano, and we all had a great time.
So now it's time to get this blog out and start working on bikes!