I took a tumble on the side of a mountain rd. I pushed on another 7 miles after that. I had a “warm showers” person to stay with that night. 6 miles short of their home I found I just couldn’t Pedal another stroke. So I gave my friend a call and he was kind enough to come and fetch me. We got to his home where I got my warm shower and hot meal, now my shoulder was swollen out , my knee was skipping and I was completely exhausted. I laid in bed for 12 hours. That morning I thought I’d push on another 10-15 miles to the next town and get a cheap motel room to lick my wounds and recover a little before pushing on to huntsville. As we rolled my rig out the garage door i saw the final tear in my resolve deflate. My rear tire went flat right before my eyes. I already used my two spare tubes getting there. We both agreed I had too much weight loaded on. So my friend offered to drive me all the way back to Knoxville. So a banged up shoulder a bruised ego and a swallowed pride. My friend brought me back the 90 miles home. So here I am Back in knoxville to regroup and fine tune my ride. I’ve got a little bike trailer coming and in another 7-10 days I’ll be ready to start out all over again. Hope you all follow me there. wherever it is I take you. P
So i headed out on the 6th and it was wonderful. I saw so much beauty. The Tennessee landscape is spectacular. Rolling hills , bright color change of autumn in all the trees like ribbons of illumination across bear rock of high ridges. Sleepy little towns dotted the countryside. Lost in time. I so enjoyed the view and quiet. So few cars. Peace,private.You could forget for a time the turmoil the world is in. Perhaps the residence there have. I know I was happy to forget. Even though my first run out ended quickly and with some pain I can’t wait to get back out there and give it another go. What I saw from the seat of a bicycle was more than I expected. Hearing the dogs barking at you, the people taking, the wind rustling through the dry leaves of trees wanting to sleep for the winter and my own heart beat as my legs pumped the petals of a machine that requires no fuel other than what I can provide. All these things aren’t even what I set out to see. How amazing it will be when I do see what I’m going out to see. And how blown away will I feel seeing the things I have no idea I’m going to see. Stay tuned and I’ll share them with you too. P.
So I’ve got my trailer and had some time to heal up. I’m heading out again saturday. Looking forward to sharing my ride with you all.
Rain sucks. I got soaked today but its all good now. What a difference a hot shower and warm clothes can make. Think of me next time you see that poor smoo caught out in the rain.