Posted by: twistsoffeet | May 10, 2011

Day 1


Well… I have really stepped in it now.

Last night my brother and his family had a very nice going away dinner for me. Great food. good conversation, and great food.

Yes, I know I mentioned the great food twice, but I just could not help it. It may be my last traditional meal for a while.

Up until 11:00 P.M., way too late.

Up at 04:00 this morning, finishing up with final prep for travel.

After a stressful beginning to the day, I finally got on my way.  My brother gave me a ride to Callahan, FL, where I began my ride.  Seven miles into the ride, I got my first flat.

I thought, “Great now that it is out of the way… it is all down hill from here!”

But oh, was I wrong.

Two miles further I got another flat; this time I was able, with difficulty, to locate two staple-like pieces of metal in my tire.  And I have good tires. I fixed that flat by just changing out the tube, just as I had done on the first flat.

Fortunately I saved the tubes to repair later. About one mile later, I got another flat.   Again, I searched for the culprit and eventually found another staple-like piece of steel. This time I searched again and again, confirming I had found all the steel that was determined to ruin my day.

By this time at was 2:00 PM and 95 degrees with that great southern humidity. I just couldn’t go any further.

I was almost out of water, so when I saw a man in his yard, I asked if it would be possible to refill my water bottles. He readily agreed and also gave me access to his I storage cooler. Then I asked if he knew where I could find a good place to pitch my tent, and he pointed to an oak tree, said I might get some shade under it, and I was welcome to stay there for the night.

He is a volunteer fireman and the fire station is right next to his property. Then, he got a call for a fire and had to leave, but told me to just get water and ice as I needed.

I am currently about 20 miles south of Waycross, Georgia. I only rode about 32 miles today, but I will accept that.

Tomorrow an earlier start should help.

I am not really feeling bad from the ride or my Arthritis.  Hopefully I will feel good in the morning. Several people have suggested I get a banner advertising my Arthritis ride, I will think about it, but am not yet certain if that is the way I want to go. Fortunately, I have already met some helpful and friendly people and I am very grateful for them.

I actually have two other previous posts that are somewhere in the pipeline. This is my first attempt at doing this blog without assistance so hopefully they will show up soon.

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  1. I got those two posts out for you. I edited the first one, but not the second… yet!


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