BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 17, Harrodsburg to New Haven

Day 17, Thane’s Blog: the badass cycling dudes band of brothers

Saturday May 18, 2013

For reasons unknown to me, it seemed that much of the miles we put on today were on roads with heavy traffic. Or maybe it was just the fact that it was Friday. Whatever the reason, on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being an awesome day to cycle and 10 being an awesome day to stay the hell of the road on a bicycle I would have to rate today as a 7.

The country is still alive with rolling hills filled with beef cattle. Some of the climbs were rather long but none of them made any of us drop the f-bomb when we saw them from afar. Nicely kept yards are the rule of the day. People sitting on the porch waving as we cycled past were common place today.

We had a little snack with some good old boys again and got the low down on what’s really wrong with this country. It’s always good to be kept informed about such matters when you have sworn off television for the entire summer.

We are staying at an old, old hotel named the Sherwood. The place reeks of stale cigarettes and stale beer but its home until 6 am and I was damn glad we were able to get the last available room they had.

I have had major desires for the last week. You know how it is when you are on the road. Out here, I am finding you need something so bad you can taste it. And today my soul soared as my needs were finally met after over two weeks without it.

Special thanks to the dude across the street. That pizza he made for me was over the freaking top. I have just enough of a super large pizza with peperoni and cheese to make have it again for breakfast. Damn straight people. Life on the road is good tonight. Booyyyaahhh

I realized something as I am sitting here journaling at 9 pm after cycling 64 mile today. With the climbs and the miles between amenities and the struggle to out run rain nearly every day I am so focused on myself that I don’t have time to miss the one I love at home. The nights after the ride is over are the time for missing. Yes, this night I am missing.

Sure, I have the almighty smart phone and can face time my fox on occasion so that does help. Although service in these rural areas often sucks to the point where you can barely text it is still awesome to open up the handlebar bag at a rest stop and look down and see a little love note from your wife or kids.

Well enough of my ramblings for now. Tomorrow will be another day of cycling nearly 70 miles to our next destination. The locals we chatted up said we had a fierce climb out of this town to start our morning off with. Nice!!!

We hope to end up in McDaniels tomorrow night and since there is really not a hell of a lot of camping/motel options between here and there we will just have to chew up anything in our path.

Yea, that’s how we roll. Welcome to the badass cycling dudes band of brothers. Now I must go write a poem or two while sipping chamomile tea from a tiny cup. If only we had chamomile tea or even a tiny cup.

the badass cycling dudes band of brotherhood

the badass cycling dudes band of brotherhood

bobby and bobby sharing a laugh

bobby and bobby sharing a laugh

my first turtle saving of the journey

my first turtle saving of the journey

we arent the only bikers on the road today

we arent the only bikers on the road today

the beauty of kentucky

the beauty of kentucky

Day Seventeen Bobby’s Blog

Friday May 17, 2013, 62 miles (100 km) – Total so far: 899 miles (1,446 km)

Day 17 was for me a long and winding road. I did not sleep well the night before because I stayed up till midnight working on Journaling and organizing the gear and mapping a route for the next day. When we finally rolled into New Haven I was pretty well spent. Could have slept in the ditch but the Sherwood had one room so me being the old guy I got the Bed and Thane slept on his mat on the floor. We did ride through some pretty country. We are in cattle country and they are partial to Black Angus here.