Day 3 May 4th
Cycling time 5:55
Distance 56.65 miles
Average Speed 9.5mph
Max Speed 30.5 mph
Here it is gang, a good day finally! The last two days have been a struggle more mentally than physically. A part of me thought that this journey would be a couple easy hours cycling each day down paraded streets with everyone cheering me on. In reality the days have consisted of sharing roads without hard shoulders with monster trucks billowing black smoke.
I woke up in the bush this morning where I had slipped down the hill. I didn’t set off until gone 9am as I was starting on a busy commuter road.
This morning I made a decision to off load some weight, here’s what I chucked into a skip:
Metal mug & cook tin
2 t shirts
1 pair of shorts
The bike is much more manageable now, but my nights may be a bit more uncomfortable lol.
The brooks saddle I bought is doing its job, no sign of farmer Giles if you know what I mean.
I encountered 5 dogs today and outrun 4 of them! In one instance I stopped for water and saw a massive one about 50 metres off the road heading straight for me. Despite the load on the bike I got from 0-20mph quicker than you could say “Ricky Bobby”.
I rode through some funny towns including Bumpass but couldn’t find a sign sadly.
When I made it to an old mining town called Mineral I headed for the fire station. I was praying they would let me stay on their lawn and the fireman confirmed my hopes. What a relief! He told me “cyclists normally set up near the outhouse as its close to the washrooms and the power sockets”. After two tough days I could have cried honestly, he probably thought I was mental.
To top it off as I set my tent up an old bloke drove over and we had a chat about where I was headed and where I was from. He told me that he and everyone else in Mineral will pray for me and keep me in their thoughts for a safe journey to Oregon.
As I write this I’m in the Main Street restaurant with a full belly surrounded by people. The storm has stayed outside and I’m warm and dry, today was the best day.
Yours in cycling,