An arterial holocaust!
Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
41Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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At breakfast David is generously telling everyone of my Herculean efforts yesterday. "I could not have got here without her" (He could). "I reckon it's worth a new dress" I quip. "At least" says Tim with the crazy hair " - a new wardrobe!" "Diamonds" says Trek Dave. I love these guys!!
With my head puffed up the size of a big bouncy gym ball, I go outside and POP! I am instantly deflated. It is icily cold and it has been raining. The Southern state Americans are looking glum. In fact, Texan Larry, 3 times trans American has his jeans on and declares he's riding in the van. After all he has nothing to prove. Father Bruce drawls to me "It's OK for you Brits, you're used to this weather". I put on my happy Brit "I love cycling in freezing cold/windy/sleety weather" face and race back to our room to dig out thermals, mufflers, extra socks, rain jacket. Man, I hate the cold. There's no way I'd ride in this back home. I'd stay in bed!
David is still feelilng fragile but we ride with Dr Tom and Christian (and Jacqueline for the morning). A guy called Jeff Lipshits (OK that may not be how you spell it but it's how you say it - bummer of a name!) did the ride in 2010 and he's joining us for a couple of days. I see him albeit briefly as he rides with the fast guys. As a treat we have coffee and soft gooey donuts at the pit stop rather than water and bananas. At lunch we stop at a truckers cafe and have double cheeseburgers with fries. It's an arterial holocaust kind of day.
The day claims another victim as Steve, a strong guy, has to go in the van. He's been having serious problems with his quad muscles. It's a reminder to us all of how vulnerable we are to ailments. My quads and hamstrings are now so tight they could ping any time. After lunch Dr Tom and Christian have to keep slowing for us but we make it through another day. We wonder if Trek Dave is trying to tell us something as our room for the night is 114 and has a plaque on the door saying "designed specially for the handicapped".