Reversal of Fortune???

Trip Start Jul 17, 2011
Trip End Aug 13, 2011

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

For the first time since we entered the flat lands of the mid-west, we rode the whole day with the winds at our backs!!! Could this be a sign of things to come? I hope so. Started off at about 6:30 am with the sky mostly cloudy, that along with the breeze kept the temperatures very comfortable. The road was completely flat for the first 75 miles, then we got some rolling hills that we could power through and though we did not break any course records, we kept a very steady pace without much effort and would wind up with an average of 16.2 for the 123 mile stage.
Yesterday, I had the chance to go in the whirlpool for about 10 minutes to soak my weary muscles followed by a swim in a cool water pool and then before going to bed took a hot bath with epson salt followed by a massage and this morning I felt as good and strong as ever. Of course, having the wind at our backs helped but still I felt good the whole ride and could've gone farther if we needed to.. Today was as good a day as we've had so far on this trip. The countryside was as beautiful as ever and we even had time to enjoy the animals along the way. We saw an animal that looked like a donkey but as we got a better look we saw that it had stripes like a zebra. When Rosalie asked someone about it, they told her that they had crossed a donkey and a zebra, thus the reason why it looked like both animals. I wonder what an animal like that is called. Does anyone know?

ON the way to our final destination, we went thru the campus of the Miami University of Ohio. A few miles from there, we stopped to have refreshing iced tea with the Vogels at the home of one of our son-in-law's cousins. Thanks Cousin Mike, Lauren, Aunt PAtti and Grandma Vogel who travelled there to visit with us and wish us good fortune. A couple of things, I've been meaning to tell you, but always seems to slip my mind is that ever since Arizona, we have seen an incredible amount of memorials on the side of the road honoring poeple killed in traffic accidents. The second thing is no matter how big or  small the town is, there are  numerous churches everywhere of all denominations and Sects.
We have passed villages with as few as 125 habitants and even those small villages have at least 3
or 4 churches.
Tomorrow we go on to McArthur and that will be out last stop in Ohio. We look forward to entering West Virginia and the Appalachians that from all accounts should be quite a challenge.
Stay tuned........

Rosalie's corner
Ok, a few facts. Last night we sat down to plot today's ride. We printed mapquest and the mileage was 106. This morning at 6 am, I entered the address of the hotel we had selected and the GPS said 163 miles. Ok, so what do we do now, I had the Cue sheet, mapquest and the GPS all with big differences in mileage. I then called the next hotel and they gave me directions so I headed out the way they told me. However one of the roads was the interstate and there was a big sign, no bicylces allowed so we backtracked and continued on the country road. I called Kern Vogel and he gave me cousin Mike's address so when I entered that address,  the GPS reversed to 106 miles. Thank Goodness!!
It was nice to see Grandma Vogel and the clan and get the support that the guys need. Thanks Kern and LInda for setting this up. Got to the hotel and went to Applebee's for dinner.
One thing I want to tell the ladies, there are shoe stores along the way and the name of the shop is SHoe Show Store. I have not been able to stop in but if I see another one, I will make it a point to stop and investigate. Another thing that passed me on the road today was an old fashioned funeral hearst with a see through glass enclosure.
One more stop in Ohio tomorrow and then again another step closer to Home sweet Home!!
Here are John's statistics for today:

The numbers for the day:

  • Total Miles:                  122.9

  • Ride Time:                    7 Hours & 34 Minutes

  • Avg. Speed:                 16.2 MPH

  • Calories Burned:           7,403

  • Total Elevation: 2,811, not much climbing, just some rolling hills

  • Maximum Speed:          40.3 MPH, we had 1 or 2 nice down hills

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John Bexiga on

Joe, this thing you saw - a donkey that looks like a zebra - that's called hallucination. If you start seeing elephants and giraffes too, it's allright, soon everything will back to normal. Hang in there!

Guess who I rode with yesterday? It would be very difficult for you to guess this one, so I'll give you a hint. He is an ex-pro and he won the Tou de France 7 times. Yup! The one and only - Lance Armstrong. He was in the Boston area to do a charity ride and they passed through my town so I got on my bike and rode with him for a good 10 miles, enough to show him a few things.

Can you smell the "franginho" yet? Soon, soon my friend!

Joe Bexiga on

Hi Joe, I know you are wondering if I'm still alive, well I am and actually I've been down LBI (computerless) relaxing on the beach and thinking about you and those 100+ mile rides and seemingly never ending climbs. When I read your blogs, I beging to think that I should be doing this with you. Well, maybe for your next adventure - Minho to Algarve?
Hang in there Joe, home is only a "short" ride away.

Patti Sonntag on

Hi Joe,
You are not hallucinating. I looked up your zebra/donkey combo and found out they are called a Zonkey, a Zedonk or a Zebadonk. More info if you want it later. Keep up the good work.

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