I really don’t want to jinx myself butttttt…everyone else had a flat today. I doubt it was anything special I did to avoid a flat. We all methodically check both tires after each break. I did pick off a half dozen burrs from my front tire at one point today.
The ride was pretty flat and partially aided by a tail wind. We averaged over 15 mph for the day, our fastest yet. Total mileage today was 76.2. Very pleasant riding with the exception of Lake City. It was much busier traffic wise than we are used to. I10 and I75 intersect in this town which probably explains the increase in traffic and US 90 was undergoing some construction. In retrospect, I wish we had picked a different route to bypass Lake City.
We spent some time at dinner thinking about our next adventure. Lots of suggestions: Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego, bike across PA from Erie to Philly, C&O canal from Pittsburgh to DC and Potomac River from Alexandria to the Chesapeake and back. Someone threw out Ireland but I nixed that since that is where I am taking Marcia for our anniversary next year. I doubt she would enjoy a Brothers Bike Ride for our anniversary.
Our accommodations tonight is a very nice B&B a few blocks from the downtown district of this little town. We spent our cold beer wind down doing bike maintenance in an outside garden area. We walked to a bike store to replenish tubes and a new tire for Mark. Dinner was a short walk back to ‘downtown’ which featured outdoor dining and live country music. Even though it is only 8 o’clock, I am ready for bed. I can feel my body demanding as much sleep as possible for these full days on the bike. My nightly call to Marcia is next and then ‘lights out’ for me.