More than halfway through!
May 19, 2010
Jul 24, 2010
Where I stayed
Leadership FFA Center
. We were provided with escorts to the local park where the mayor and state senator both spoke. I also met with a few of the locals who mistook me for a veteran (HA!) and got the number for a bike mechanic in Lincoln. I am always on the look out for a mechanic these days. I also got to talk with Mike Claver, one of our State Farm agents, who rode the tandem bike today. He quit the tandem after 10 miles but he did finish the whole 40 miles for the day. It was clear that he also felt the same respect and admiration for these riders as I did after that ride. Plus, it was hilarious to see him in spandex bike shorts. After the ceremony, the local agent set up a nice dinner with some great pasta salad and homemade bread pudding. That is one of the things that rules about all these small towns; practically everything is homemade and awesome.
Tomorrow we have 75 miles into Lincoln, although we are stopping just outside of Lincoln to shuttle the riders in to town. It is too difficult to bring riders into a big city without a police escort. We are having dinner at Misty's Steakhouse and Brewery tomorrow which I am looking forward to, plus a day off in a bigger city will be great.
This morning, Van pointed out to me that we are not only halfway through mileage wise, but also in days. Crazy to think about, because it doesn't seem like we have been on the road for a month at all. For some reason, even though the days are long, the time has still flown by. We started off this morning well. We left the Quality Inn around 8 and Jeremy and I began marking the route for the day. We argued about the second turn (I swore it was a right!) but once again, Jeremy was right. I am truly directionally challenged it appears. We took 6 down to 14 and then headed into Aurora. After figuring out where our end point was for the day, it became clear that the town must have thought we would be coming down 34. We orginally had a police escort to our hotel but that was canceled because of the route confusion. It worked out better though, because it gave the riders some time to rest before the welcoming ceremony. We set up some Subway for lunch (we are seriously boosting their profits) and then left for the ceremony a few hours afterwards