The Little Things

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Friday, July 8, 2011

I have literally been sitting here for the last hour trying to write this first sentence... and this is what I came up with. I'm sorry. Things are getting pretty routine here, pretty monotonous. Even the commercials on the TV every night are the same thing ones over and over again. It's times like this when the little things make a big difference; let me tell you all about today's little things.

First, we had a Panera supplement at the hotel's lacking continental breakfast. I was very excited. Panera opens at 6 AM and by ten after I was chowing on a pair of warm, soft cinnamon crunch bagels. They were the warmest, softest bagels I've ever had from Panera and I was in my happy place pounding them down. Mind you, I eat non-stop on this trip, so those bagels were preceded by 4 glasses of orange juice, a large bowl of raisin bran, and a strawberry yogurt. 

We had our first support stop at a pretty church in the middle of nowhere. They had a nice park area in the rear of their lot with good shade from the trees as well as benches and picnic tables. I had two more Panera bagels, giving British Jon the last cinnamon crunch since he had never tried one before. I had a cheesy one that was alright and a sesame seed one as well. 

We crossed the Illinois river on a cool bridge that was being worked on and I was able to snap some shots of everyone else riding since I left the first support stop a little early. The construction on the bridge was a blessing in disguise because it stopped the traffic allowing us to ride safely across instead of being pinched to the edge by traffic traveling in both directions.

Scott got another flat today. He's getting really good at it. He's also become some kind of rear-tire hypochondriac due to his excessive flatting. He's always asking if it looks flat. I don't blame him... half the time the air seems to just disappear from the tire. 

Dad did a great job on the bike today. We had a long, challenging day with unfavorable winds but he rode strong from start to finish. He took noticeably fewer breaks to stop and stretch out his back. I think he has finally found a position that is treating him better for the daily grind. There are a lot of problems that flare up only after a week or more of all day riding. I've experienced a few, but I have to believe that there are many more for 55-year-olds. I'm proud of him for pushing through it!

Distance: 106.23 mi - 2,553.39 total
Time: 07:02:16 - 173:05:50 total
Elevation Gain: 1,748 ft - 84,091 total
Av. Speed: 15.1 mph - 14.8 overall
Av. HR: 116 bpm - 126 overall
Calories: 6,338 - 167,752 total

Flat Tire Count:
Scott - 9
Stephen - 3
Mark - 2

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Hugh Peters on

Tell Mark (Dad) that the Enterprise Team is following you all. We are all totally impressed by your effort. Prayers are there.

martha717 on

Doubtful, I will be able to join you, but will feed you!! HA! Love you guys, See you Monday.

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