Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 01

Day 1
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.


  1. What a day! I hope the rest is crash free. You know Freud would have something to say about your "accident." (So, Mel was driving, huh?) Your blog has an emotionometer -- that's so cool. I can't wait to analyze the data later! Have a great day!

  2. Hooray for you guys! I showed the picture to the kids and of course Ethan said... " I want to see Nana". So, we're reqquesting a Nana picture please. Can't wait to hear how day 2 turns out.