The Road To Amanda
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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KOA Kampground Buckeye Lake
Today was another pretty perfect day in the life of a cycle tourer. The weather is so much better now. It was cool enough to need the sleeping bags overnight and to wear a jumper over breakfast, but warm and sunny on the bikes all day.
A puncture first thing was easily dealt with in the balmy conditions and we set off for another 60 mile day, hoping for the tailwind from yesterday. We had a cross/headwind all day instead, but 12,600 into our journey, we're pretty fit, and so only took three breaks today. I think not taking days off is making us stronger.
Mikey planned a winding route through the back roads, determined to shave some miles off the 60 mapped along the highway by Google
Lunch was microwaved pizza pockets in one of the Marathon garages which have become our trusty stops in the last two states. The two employees were really excited about the trip and thought we should get straight on the phone to the Guinness Book of Records and let them know we’d nearly made it. Sadly we had to tell them that others have got there before us and we’re not that special! They demonstrated how serious the riots back at home have been when they knew all about it. This also surprised us, as a lot of the Americans we’ve met so far have had difficulty identifying the difference between the country, England, and the continent, Europe.
Sadly today we passed close to, but didn’t actually visit the town 'Amanda’. We REALLY wanted to go there, but couldn’t justify a 20 mile detour. We did manage to get a snap of the road to Amanda though
The campground we picked out is lovely, although horrifically over-priced (45 dollars for a primitive site – ie. A patch of grass!!!). Mikey got them to take off $10, but it’s still pretty outrageous, only outdone by the £35 a night one in Lucerne, Switzerland. They sell ice cream and serve all-you-can-eat pancakes for breakfast though, so I’m happy. Only 549 miles to New York now and then home!!!!!!!!!!!
Off to put the tent up know, and no doubt break some more tent poles…
Miles Cycled; 57 calm scenic country miles
No. of times beeped and sworn at: 0 – a great day!