BOBBY AND THANE TACKLE THE TRANSAM Day 26 Johnaon’s Shut-Ins State Park to Eminence

Day Twenty Six Thane’s Blog: chew it up and spit out the seeds

Sunday May 26, 2013, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 1,387 miles (2,232 km)

The cycling dudes pulled up camp just after a soaking rain shower this morning and hit the road around 6:30. Bobby and I had been told of the suffering that was in store for us as we attempted to put 55 more miles behind us. These are the days of the Ozark Mountains. 15 miles into the morning we stopped for breakfast at a little mom and pa restaurant. We packed as much food as we could into our stomachs and five minutes after we pulled out the tales of these mountains began to unfold.

The rolling hills with grades of up to 16 % never left us today. If you and your bicycle was not going 4-6 mph uphill it was taking the brief downhill’s. It seemed that each of these downhill runs was somewhat tamed by the fact that you knew another uphill was looming very soon. Mind you. I am not here to complain. I am just stating the facts as I see them while I am sitting in a Laundromat watching the stink magically disappear from my cycling cloths. As Bobby was chatting up one of the locals at a Dollar General store, the 20 something dude and his brother both warned us of our impending pain. “My brother and I are triathletes. That mountain climb is the toughest you will ever see!” To which I calmly replied “These old dudes have climbed Mt. Afton and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We also climbed the monster climb out of Hayters Gap in Virginia.” His reply…….. “This climb is far far tougher than any of those.”

I am not here to pat anyone’s back. I simply would never do that. But what I am here to say is that 20 something dude and his brother might be able to out swim me and out run me, but there is no way in hell they can out climb me or the other two members of the badass cycling dudes band of brothers. The old dudes chewed that mountain up and spit out the seeds on the 45 mph descent. When I hit the summit I thought to myself. Tough climb, yes……… sweating buckets for the last hour, yes. The toughest climb in my life…….. Hell no! Not even the least bit close.

The temperatures soared to over 100 degrees again today but we made sure to drink a ridicules amount of liquid. It all paid off with a beautiful day of climbing in the Ozark Mountains. More climbing tomorrow I suspect. But life on a bicycle traveling from one end of this beautiful country to another is too incredible to be stopped by any mountain climb.

we woke up to this

we woke up to this

these were the order of the day

these were the order of the day

a couple hummingbirds enjoyed breakfast with us

a couple hummingbirds enjoyed breakfast with us

boo at the top of the climb

boo at the top of the climb

bobby and chester taming another climb and enjoying the other side

bobby and chester taming another climb and enjoying the other side

Day Twenty Six Bobby’s Blog: Rollin…..Rollin……Rollin……

Sunday May 26, 2013, 54 miles (87 km) – Total so far: 1,387 miles (2,232 km)

Got up up at 5 am and started to break camp and a little shower moved over the area so I just crawled back into the tent and 15 minutes or so it passed. Broke camp and got on the road to see what all this chatter was about with the Ozarks.

These are not your usual rollers where you bomb down one and it carries you up the next. I seem to run out of momentum before I get a third of the way up the next. And they just kept coming all day and the temps. were hovering around 100 degrees.

Emenince was a real welcome sight as I consumed way more water than anticipated and was pretty dehydrated when I got here. I drank 60 oz. of Gatorade in front of the liquor store on the corner.

We are in for the night now and the laundry is in the dryer. Have to do that whenever we get a chance. I have a real aversion to not having clean clothes everyday.

Welcome to the Ozarks

Welcome to the Ozarks

Git atter.

Git atter.

Breakfast at the old 21 Diner.

Breakfast at the old 21 Diner.

We don't just save turtles.

We don’t just save turtles.

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I think this was the longest and toughest of the day.

I think this was the longest and toughest of the day.