Screw it



I think I need to stop going so fast.  Another tough day.  I know it was because of the heat, hills, and fact that I did so many miles Thursday (not all planned,) but still discouraging. So instead of doing the 80 or so miles I was going to do I did 50 and stopped at the Honey Creek State Park on the shore of Lake Rathbun.  As you can see I’m relaxing and taking a break. Actually I’m posing but I relaxed shortly afterwards.  I think I’m trying to finish to quickly, bike more, over do it, and have a tough time that makes me want to finish faster.  It a viciously cycle.  So I’m going to experiment with some 50-70 miles days and see how that goes.

I was once again saved by the kindness of strangers.  After I wrote the above I met Tracey and Gia.  They were in the next campsite over and invited me over for dinner.  I spent the rest of the day with them and their friends Short and Debbie.  I played ladder ball, drank a lot of beer, and had a good time.  Dinner was grilled chicken, baked potatoes, and three different kinds of salad: pea, corn, and taco.  I wasn’t feeling too great the following morning (a LOT of beer,) but Short made it better by cooking up breakfast.  They made me finish what’s was left, and I was happy to oblige.  I didn’t leave the park till around 1, partly because of the company and partly because it looked like rain and I was hoping it would pass by.  Of course it didn’t start till I was on the road for about 5 minutes and continued off and on the rest of the day. Ce la vie.

8 Responses to “Screw it”

  1. Dave's Dad says:

    You always wanted to meet new people. And now you are. Glad you took a break. You’re not in a race.

  2. Clubdel says:

    Stop and smell them roses!!!! Perfect!!!

  3. Clubdel says:

    I know somebody who needs to update his map!!!!!

  4. todd from ottumwa says:

    almost chilly this morning in iowa…quite a change from the last few days. looks like you’ve got some perfect biking weather the next few days…enjoy…

  5. Brian says:

    There was some intense weather over the midwest yesterday. Many football games were stopped from lightning. We’re all following the blog daily back here in Jersey, fascinating reading can only imagine how much more so actually experiencing it.

    • Gibbs says:

      The lightning missed me, so no problem there. The reading is probably more fascinating than the doing, but I guess that means I’m doing my job.

  6. Short says:

    Glad to have chance to met you and spend a little time with you. Hope you didn’t get sick on our cooking. We’ll follow you on your jouney. Good luck