Wednesday, May 19, 2010
We left our driveway at 6:30 am. It was cool (48) but at least it was not raining. We headed down Route 11 for Marathon. The terrain is rolling and I am not in as good condition as Debbie. We covered the 15 or so miles in about 90 minutes. A short stop to eat half a pb&j sandwich and we were off to Whitney Point. We got there at about 9:30 and ate the other half of the sandwich. Then the WHITNEY POINT HILL –ARGH! The 7 miles to Chenengo Bridge took 90 minutes. We ate chicken sandwiches at a Wendy’s and took a longer stop.
Now we got to go through Binghamton with its city streets, lights, traffic, and crummy roads. We were almost through when I tried to make a right turn into a parking lot (potty stop). The steering bar jammed making a right turn impossible and we went down. Debbie smashed her face against my helmet and bit a hole in her lip. She also skinned a knee - through two layers of cloth. There was no serious damage - just embarrassment.
After that “adventure” we continued on to Great Bend, arriving just before 4:00 pm. The day ended up at 58.9 miles which took us 6 hours 10 minutes of riding time, that’s a 9.5 miles per hour average. We were beat. We checked into the Colonial Brick Motel, did laundry, etc., went to dinner, and I am writing this entry.
Emotionometer: Today was marked by excitement and not a lot of crabbiness.