Fixed Up and On Flat Ground
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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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
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