Day 23 - Tuscola to Lebanon
Hello everyone from Indiana! We crossed yet another state line today, and finally made it to into our very own East Coast time zone. After finishing our 120 mile ride, I took a glance at the map showing our progress so far. My jaw dropped. We've covered some serious ground in the past few weeks! And with only 10 days left in the ride, I am definitely looking forward to some time off the bike in the not so distant future.
But until then the last leg of the journey continues as we pedal our way across The Hoosier State. Speaking of Hoosiers, we will actually be passing through the town that inspired that movie. For those of you who are fans of the Gene Hackman basketball flick, I'm going to be riding to the High School where the team originated with my dad to take some pictures.
Today was another amazing day. It was mostly flat with some great tailwinds which really gave us a boost as we rode along. One of the things that really changed however was the transition from quiet country roads back to busy highways. After several days of seeing as few as five cars every hour, it was a bit of a shock to be surrounded by bustling traffic and large trucks. In addition, our shoulder on the highway was a little narrow, so we really had to focus to make sure that everyone stayed in line and kept strong road discipline.
But we also got to ride through some beautiful little towns, each populated by only a few hundred people. It was great to see the some of the "small town America," that you hear about in the Midwestern states, and I was really pleased with the sheer amount of American pride some of these places had. American flags adorned every available surface. On lawns, from street signs, and hanging above the doorways of these quaint little homes as we rode down main street.
It's interesting how when you think that you have a handle on how to work these long rides, you get thrown an extra 50 miles and just get wiped out. It's a humbling experience when your riding along and suddenly WHAM! You're out 60 miles, you realize that you're only halfway done and you feel like you couldn't pedal another inch. But, like I said it was a beautiful day. With the tailwind we knocked it out after taking a quick break and refueling with some much needed calories.
Still, I am quite tired from the days long ride. Plus losing an extra hour can really throw you in for an early night.
I know I said that my dad and I would be doing a video covering the past few days, but I just learned that we will be getting a late start on the day tomorrow, so we will have some time to do a quick recap before we hit the road tomorrow.
Until then I hope you all have a great start to your week, and continue to check us out as we cross Indiana.