BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 22; Golconda to Carbondale

Day Twenty two Thane’s Blog: Thank you Lisa

Wednesday May 22, 2013

We seem to have developed a strategy lately. Wake up around 5 am. Get our stuff together. Eat a little bit of stuff out of our panniers. Say a little prayer. Then start pedaling around 6am.

Today we pulled that plan off to perfection. 20 miles later we stopped to eat breakfast and marveled at the fact that we had just been on a road that was nearly flat for 2 miles. Absolutely unbelievable. We were fighting another headwind but it truly seemed odd to use the big chain ring.

We had a road closure to deal with but with the help of one of the locals we navigated around it without getting lost. Kudos to the cycling dudes.
No turtle saves today. Maybe we are out of the turtle crossing zone. I hope not though. I really did enjoy my time conversing with the turtles.

I must confess. The 64 miles we traversed today were the easiest of this adventure to date. A few rolling hills but only one or two that I had to embrace to get to the top of.

The true highlight of the day was when a good friend of mine totally surprised me by showing up at our door here at the Super 8 motel in Carbondale. He lives a couple hours away from here and has been following us on the blog. With the help of my wife he tracked down our room number. I am here to tell you, when I saw his face my jaw dropped to the floor. What an incredible gift. The gift of friendship.

Boo and Chester got dropped off at a bike shop on our way into town. This is their first overnighter together but the dude at the bike shop assured us that they would be chaperoned properly. Since tomorrow is a rest day they will each get the junk in their trunk fixed while we go tent shopping for Rough Stuff. He took one look at the tents that Bobby and I each purchased and said. “Heyyy mate, I just may have to get me one of thoose”

The first 40 miles of the day we fought a little headwind so occasionally I would bury my head over the handlebars to help cut the wind. It was during one of those moments, as I was lifting my head back up that I noticed something that we have been seeing since this trip. I call them death markers. You know, those crosses often seen on either side of the road that call attention to the fact that some incredible person lost their life in a car accident at this exact spot.

Her name was Lisa. The white cross marking the spot was covered with purple and white flowers and as I picked my head up I saw it off to my left. Conservatively I have seen at least 100 of these reminders since this cycling adventure has begun.

As I took one last glance at her name I said good bye to Lisa. Another random stranger who entered my life on this journey but whose beautiful face I will not get the opportunity to photograph.

I am a lucky, lucky man. To be alive. To be cycling with incredible friends. And to have my loved ones at home silently pushing me along.

Today, a special thank you to Lisa. For reaching out from above and taping me on my soul to gently remind me of what really matters the most in this life

As i rolled by this i wondered "Why cant we humans get along like this. all colors and shapes and sizes just living in harmony" what a beautiful vision

As i rolled by this i wondered “Why cant we humans get along like this. all colors and shapes and sizes just living in harmony” what a beautiful vision

Bobby cresting another hill (after a 15 minute climb) lol

Bobby cresting another hill (after a 15 minute climb) lol

roughstuff doing what he does

roughstuff doing what he does

the beauty of nature

the beauty of nature

wtf

wtf

Day Twenty two Bobby’s Blog

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Got out early and no rain. Today was an awesome day no rain and once we climbed out of Golconda it was smooth sailing with a bit of a head wind until we turned on to 51 as part of our detour into Carbondale. We stopped in Vienna at the Jumbo Restaurant and had a jumbo breakfast then pressed on to Anna.

This was where we picked up 51 and the wind swung around to our backs and was mostly down hill. We found the Bike Surgeon where we left Chester and Boo for the night for a little TLC and caught a cab to the Super 8.

I highly recommend the Bike Surgeon bike shop to anyone traveling through and if your planning to lay over the Super 8 is clean and reasonable. The University Mall is also across the street and lots of places to eat within walking distance.

Too sad to even talk about.

Too sad to even talk about.

Almost all the post offices along the route are small like this.

Almost all the post offices along the route are small like this.

Pedaling into Vienna.

Pedaling into Vienna.

Kinda reminds me of General Montgomery Ruffy does.

Kinda reminds me of General Montgomery Ruffy does.

Now that is a brush hog brother Ricky.

Now that is a brush hog brother Ricky.

We definitely picked the right bike shop.

We definitely picked the right bike shop.

What a surprise when Tim Stoinski from Alpena walked into our room. Total surprise.

What a surprise when Tim Stoinski from Alpena walked into our room. Total surprise.