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Today, I awoke at 4:30 am, as I usually do, to use the bathroom. I decided to stay up and do laundry at the hotel’s on site washer and dryer. We had all run out of clean clothes and we were starting to offend ourselves and others! At 6:30, I awakened the Beast and Frankenbutt and believe me, it was an “uphill battle” (a phrase I truly appreciate now) to get them out of bed. It was obvious that we were all quite tired.
We made our way to the free hotel breakfast and we all just seemed to be moving in slow motion. Coffee didn’t even get Frakenbutt moving! We packed our panniers slower than we ever have and didn’t get out of the hotel until 8 am. Which route to take was not a debtate since our Garmin GPS suggested a 225 mile path and Google bicycling maps suggested a 176 mile path. We also checked where a local post office was so we could send home a few souvenirs and t-shirts we’ve collected and don’t want to carry the weight of as we climb more hills. Of course, there was no regular post office on this side of town and I ended up using a “pack ‘n ship” store that charged almost double (to ship the box via parcel post) than what I would have paid to ship it Priority Mail at a post office. I hate dumb expenditures like that … but I really hate riding an extra 10-15 miles out of our way even worse.
We got on our way and enjoyed a nice, long downhill run where we all reached a downhill speed of 33.23 mph! We’ve gotten so comfortable with the high speed downhill runs but the thought of a car entering the road way or a pothole en route still scares me. All of us keep our hands loosely on our brakes, hoping not to need them, since at the bottom of every hill is the start of another uphill.
At the very top of one of our final uphill climbs, about 4 miles from the hotel, there was a fellow changing a tire on the side of the road. He was obviously struggling with the lug nuts and Frankenbutt pulled over to help him. I love that Frankenbutt has always helped people in need, especially on the roadside. He was able to break loose the two lug nuts for the fellow who was dripping sweat from his prior efforts.
Tomorrow we head towards Clemmons, NC. It appears to be about 150 miles from here and I’m sure there will be more hills. We hope to arrive at the Dixieland National by late Friday afternoon but it all depends on the number of hills and how hard they are to climb. Plus, we never rule out weather issues. We’ve been quite fortunate so far, so we figure there are bad weather days ahead.
It’s time to get some rest.