Bella in Selle

Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
Trip End Oct 24, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 24 Ponca Oklahoma to Bartlesville Oklahoma 70.8 miles 2284 ft of climbing

What a night.  David spends most of it in the bathroom with diarrhoea and my knee is throbbing in bed after a poor descent into thick gravel yesterday.  I'd forgotten momentarily the brakes are on the other side of the bike and I'd skidded, jarring my dodgy right knee. A baby was also crying in the hotel room next door and I thought of Texan Jerry who'd probably have shot it.  Then I remember we're on the cycling vacation of a lifetime!

Another freezingly cold day but the wind had died and we ride 45 miles with Trek Dave and Jeff, he-of-the-aforementioned- unfortunate- surname.  What a delightful man!  I wish he was riding all the way with us.  He's such a positive, can-do, funny, fast-talking American and he lifts our spirits.  He's also got a stunning Merck's bike and some great cycling gear but even he is not in the league of Dr Tom. 

Dr Tom has the best cycling gear.  He lives in Palo Alto, California where the climate is so temperate his house probably doesn't  need a roof for 6 months of the year and yet his winter gear is the envy of all, especially his rubber gloves which look like tailor-made Marigolds.  He always looks well co-ordinated or as the Italians say "bella in selle" - looking good in the saddle. 

We ride into town and it's deserted.  Sunday as it used to be in god-fearing times.  We learn from CNN today is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, where conservative churches preach politics from the pulpit opposing "unbiblical candidates" i.e. Obhama.  It's a minority movement but startling nontheless. 

The hotel is comfortable and peaceful.  We get some beers and watch Man Utd v Newcastle on the TV and for just a moment, we feel normal again.   



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Haris on

If you guys think you've got it tough....there's some construction work going on outside my flat so i only got about 7 hours sleep last night! Rubbish!

Keep working..hope David feeling better today

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