Tuesday, July 4, 2000
Day 1 of ride, 91 miles today. 2600ft of climbing.
Wake up call at 4:30, weather predicted to be 95 and quite humid, we need an early start, but it is raining right now.
note: I did my first e-mail back home last night. I wrote my journal entry in word, found a local AOL access number so didn't need the AOL 800 number, and copied the digital camera pics into the laptop. Pasted the journal into e-mail, attached pics and sent it back home to go onto the website.
Thank you Ed for teaching me and for Donna's patience! I was up until 11:30 PM doing all that!
Back to today: Finished breakfast, still raining, some riders are leaving, many are waiting including me
Still waiting in the Drury Inn for better weather.
Now it is 8AM, and I can't wait any longer. It is raining harder, with thunder and lightning around.
I left with 3 others. We pass hundreds of acres of corn and soybean fields, more rain going vertical/diagonal/horizontal. I had a raincoat on and a shower cap over my helmet. This helped a little but after we had traveled only 1 mile I was absolutely totally soaking wet everywhere. The rain persisted all day.
Reached our SAG stop in Jamesport, a delightful little town.
Amish farmers ride through town in their horse-drawn buggies. Torrential downpour here for half an hour. Puddles and ponding on road, no breakdown lanes, a bit scary.
Continued on, more rain/thunder/lightning. Stopped for lunch at a supermarket deli.
Riding with 2 other cyclists, 3 miles from destination hotel it rained so hard that we were riding through road puddles 2 inches deep!
Arrived at our hotel at 3PM. Cleaned and lubricated bike, cleaned up and went to dinner at Golden Corral. Nice buffet, I ate enough for 3 people! Back to hotel for route rap and then another hotel reception in room 354.
Tomorrow we cycle 82 miles to Kirksville, MO. At 2PM I will meet Teressa Pate and 1450 KIRX, we are going to dinner at 5:30.
a. before this ride?
b. during this ride?
c. after this ride?
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