BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 21; Cave in Rock to Golconda

Day Twenty one Thane’s Blog: did u hear the one about the horse

Tuesday May 21, 2013, 27 miles (43 km) – Total so far: 1,132 miles (1,821 km)

Well, a little part of the storm cell that has been crossing the central states found its way into Cave in Rock Illinois last night as we tried to sleep in the campground. Thankfully, no one was hurt by any falling tree limbs or flying bicycles.

As we rolled west this morning the rain was again falling and the 20 mph headwinds added to the excitement. At one point I looked down and saw I was going 8 mph. On the only section of road that was flat for more than 50 feet.

At one point I snapped an incredible photo that showed 5 separate climbs in one stretch of road. Then I put the camera back in the handlebar bag where it is kept and put my pint sized brain back in climbing mode mentality.

When we stopped to refuel we were warned about a storm cell coming our way. The sky did look kinda sick so we sat there and debated. Do we push on for 70 more miles or do we take the only motel between here and there. We opted to cycle into Golconda after 26 miles.

And of course, 30 minutes after we checked in the sky began to smile in colors of blue and gold. I really think I even saw a couple of clouds laughing at the old cycling dudes for playing it safe. I keep hoping that the storm that was predicted actually does materialize soon. I would feel a hell of a lot better about stopping today.

We did have an interesting conversation with a dude in a little café as we were hatching our plan for riding (or the lack thereof today). He kept spewing jokes about horse anatomy and a bartender. Unfortunately for him, these freaking jokes were older than dirt and the only one that thought they were the least bit funny was he.

I did manage to save three more turtles today. It was not really hard to do. With the severity of the headwinds and the pitches of the hills believe the turtles were actually traveling at a higher rate of speed than I was.

I can only speculate on tomorrow’s adventure. What I do know for a fact from chatting up one of the locals here. We have lots and lots of hills between here and Carbondale. As one local puts it after we showed him our maps.. “Yea, I live on that road. Right at the base of a huge climb that averages 10%. Lots and lots of people got to walk their bikes up that one!” I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’m not lots and lots of people I’m team grampy!

Well, I am going to do a little updating of my blog on Facebook and then head out of this library building and look up into the sky. And it damn well better look like a storm is brewin or I may have to find one of the locals to kick my own butt for stopping here.

at the top of a climb

at the top of a climb

the storm that never materialized

the storm that never materialized

My beautiful Boo

My beautiful Boo

rough stuff doing his thing

rough stuff doing his thing

the laughter of friends......... its a beautiful thing

the laughter of friends……… its a beautiful thing

Day Twenty one Bobby’s Blog

Tuesday May 21, 2013, 27 miles (43 km) – Total so far: 1,132 miles (1,821 km)

Pretty awesome ride over the Ohio River on the ferry. Good thing we got there last night cause they shut it down today for high winds. We rode in those high winds all morning.Woke up about 3am to thunder and lightning and wind blowing the tent like crazy. We were camped under some big oak trees and I was a little worried about a branch breaking off and coming down on the ten.We were so excited to be in Illinois to ride finally on some flat ground but much to our tired legs it was once again one roller after another. We hit the rode for 10 mies and at the advice of our guide and good friend Fred we had breakfast (actually we had two) at the Town and Country Restaurant in Elizabethtown.IL.

After talking to the locals about the upcoming storm system we decided to press on another 12 miles to Goloanda and get a room and ride out the storm and get caught up on the journal. We got caught up on the journals and are still waiting for the storm.

While in the restaurant in Elizabethtown we met a guy that just retired with 30 years in the army. After spending about an hour with him I think I have a little touch of PTSD. He reminded me why I bailed out after five years. That could have been me.

We are still planning a rest day in Carbondale as Chester and Boo both need out patient surgery.