I knew I smelled sea salt,lime and TEQUILA. 388 miles - 8 days... Zoom in real close on the Marquee sign. It says Congraulations Cliff.. Chattanoogd to Panama City Beach. Still had to pay for my drink though. Had a flat tire 8 miles from finish. Next time Continental Gator Tires... Made with extra Kevlar. Old man signing off!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Third city in Florida... First stop of last day
Mile 8.85 and 42.5 to go. Flat is wonderful. Average speed at this point is 16 MPH. Won't last though because I have the only hills of today's ride coming up between miles 9 - 13. After that though things will get flat again. No cell coverage at all on T-Mobile or AT@T, so I'm sure live track only worked for a short while out of Chipley. Gotta go ride.
Monday, May 18, 2015
First rest stop of the day- tried to get as much in as possible before heat sets in 8:22 am central. On a bench next to the cricket cage. Charging myself and one of my two cellphones. In Rehobeth... Isn't that Biblical?
Sunday,south of Abbeville Alabama, the extreme hills and mountains melted away into flat terrain as I came into Dothan. That wasn't the only thing that melted. The "feels like" temperature reached into the 90s. Gummy vitamins melted into one big blob, honey packs exploded, insulated water bottles became thermos bottles for hot Gatorade, navigational electronics started to fail, 70 spf sunscreen gave up, and I withered. I'm afraid the next two days will be more of the same. Only thing I can do is leave at first light and pray for overcast skies - even a light rain shower. On the plus side is the flatness! I had 12, 8, and 9% grades coming into Abbeville yesterday. Today's ride has one maybe 3% grade. The world is flat! Gotta go ride.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Pretty little town. Ate lunch at Huggin Mollys Cafe. Didn't. Expect it to be open but they just started opening on Sundays with a buffet. First time Ive eaten a real lunch on this trip. Dont know if that will be good or bad! I've got 22 more miles to go.
Stopped at 15_miles - again, lucky little tiny church. In fact church is going on now. Couple of members invited me in but I begged off. Just talked with an old gentleman named Ken who retired from Combustion in Chattanooga. Goes to church here. Gotta go ride now.
Yesterday I flirted with dehydration. I was trying to do 10 miles and then rest and rehydrate. It was hot and I let myself run out of fluids. Today, I'm going to do 5 miles and rehydrate. First 5 ended at a Walmart Supercenter. Lo and behold mile 10 put me at this really cool public park. Shade and restrooms. This place was destroyed several years ago by a Tornado. Army Corp rebuilt it. Legs are stiffening up but I remember the feeling from 30 years ago. I think its a build up of lactic acid in the muscles. Gotta go ride 5 more miles. Asked several people here at the Park if they knew Ed. Nobody did.