Fixed Up and On Flat Ground

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Friday, August 19, 2011

If we could not get the bike fixed this morning we would be faced with a serious problem. Cycling yesterday was impossibly hard work and Chambersburg promised a bike shop according to Google. We carefully left the campsite and wobbled our way into town over some steep hills on a country road.  We had counted 4 broken spokes last night but as we crept along the 3 miles into town we could hear others snapping and the wheel becoming less and less like a circle.

We found The Family Cycle Center and it turned out to be a diamond of a shop.  We had a great time chatting to Melvyn, an ex cycle courier from Washington DC who had won The World Championship Cycle Messenger title twice.  He loved our story and was told off by his boss for talking too much and not getting on with his work. The boss was actually also a great guy who fixed us up nicely, it required another new back wheel, number 5 for me now.  Melvyn counted 8 broken spokes in total, it is some miracle we made it here given the severity of yesterday's hills.

So, back on the road and rolling much more happily.  We enjoyed our first flat few miles for some time and hit the dizzy heights of 15 mph.  We probably should have stuck with this road but I saw a short cut.  The short cut presented us with some hills but in comparison to the last few days it was easy riding.  It was a nice quiet road though and we even passed some Amish folk out on their horse and cart.  It is incredible to think that there are people living in this way just a couple of hours drive from places like DC and New York where people exist with somewhat different values and priorities.  We also saw what we thought was a cycle tourer approaching, that is until he got closer and we realised it was in fact an Amish cyclist towing some boxes of fruit on a trailer. He gave us a friendly wave.

So, smooth cycling and a chance to turn on the music and do some bike karaoke, that is until we were blown off our bikes by a wicked storm.  The thunder and lightning were directly overhead when we decided to pull over and hide.  We took shelter under our tarpaulin for half an hour until it cleared a little and we were able to tackle the last 6 miles (very hilly unfortunately due to my short cut) in lovely evening sunshine.

Arriving at Walmar Manor we had a slight panic when it looked more like a strange community of mobile homes.  But then we saw a separate sign for camping and set up for the night happy to be in possession of two bikes which kind of work OK.  50 miles closer to New York .  Full steam ahead.

Miles Cycled; 51 and not one massive hill to whine about

Number of times beeped and sworn at: None – things really went well today
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Lindy on

Just done a mammoth catch up cannot. Believe that you are nearly at the end. In Cyprus with temps of forty how did you manage to cycle in that temp walking is hard enough!!!!
love the idea of arriving by ferry at manhattan
take care lots of love lindy

Jojo on

Looking closely at the terrain map it looks as if you've beaten the Appalachians - what an incredible challange - CJB said they are something like 20 times higher that the South Downs - (he's gone to pick up the paper so can't check). You are so close to the journeys end - are you going through Allensburg or further south? Those blooming Americans need to learn how to crack a smile!
Amanda Mae arrived safely back from her travels on Thursday - basically looking like a native polynesian. It's Itchenor Regatta today and Bosham Regatta tomorrow (not a lot of wind at the moment) George is sailing with Peter Snell in his Swallow for both and CJB may take part in Mojo if coditions are right. E&G still want to do Sunday lunch at Fairfield but little things like regattas and the return of friends from honeymoon seem to be getting in the way at the moment!
All love Jojo and Christopher

Mum and Dad on

Well what a week you have had with those hills and with the bike problem.Dont know how you did it.Thank goodness for the bike shop and the lovely staff.The count down is on now even at work where on Wednesday my friends greeted me with 10!!
Costa with Tricia this Monday-two very excited mums!!
Lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jojo on

Sorry - mustn't exaggerate - they are only about 6 times higher than the South Downs!

Mum and Dad on

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mike and Polly. Remembering your wonderful wedding day and sending our love to you after such an amazing first year of your marriage.Have a wonderful day.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Andrew and Karen on

Congratulations so far guys and Happy Anniversary.

In your final entry will you add up all your spare parts?!!!

Portsmouth drew mate.

You around for NY Red Bulls v LA Galaxy in NYC on Aug 28th?

Jojo on

Hope you get a chance to celebrate sometime today - what a year it's been! What very happy memories of lastt August. All love from Highfield!

sandra on

Ha ppy anniversary Hope you managed to do something good Lots of love John and Sandra x x x x

triciagick on

Another happy anniversary from us - the Hen we had on our weekend charter was delightful but I do wonder if she may have got a bit fed up with all the talk of year long cycling honeymoons and she was made to look at your wedding photos and some of your travel ones too! Your ears will be burnig when Ellie and I get together tomorrow morning xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Robin & Antoinette on

Very very happy anniversary to you both. What a year ! 13000 miles of the most amazing travel adventures which you have both both revelled in and endured with such dogged determination. More importantly you have shared it all in real time with us all here at home. Thank you for all the effort that that requires after yet another 80 gruelling miles. The Atlantic coast is close! Safe trip home to you both.
R & A

Teresa on

Happy 1st year of wedded adventure. You guys have had an amazing start to your marriage. Wishing you a swift and safe return. Can't wait to see you both. Xx

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