Old Flying Farts Bicycling Club
Owensboro to Sonora, Kentucky.
80 miles today on pleasant Kentucky back roads.  Saw fields of corn, soybeans and some tobacco.  After a surprisingly flat day yesterday the rolling hills began today.  We are steadily moving towards the Appalachian mountains.  Pat got chased by dogs again but by the time I went by they were tired out and just gave a half hearted effort.
Pat's back tire came apart today without a blowout.  Not pleasant changing a tire in the hot sun with sweat pouring down.
I changed my rear tire two days ago when I noticed a significant tear.  This morning I noticed a slice in my front tire.  I put some super glue in the slice and hope it holds.
Our bikes are great but not necessarily touring bikes.  Most touring bikes use wider, heavier tires.  Our super skinny tires take quite a bit of punishment from the various road debris.
All in all, it was a good ride with the exception of the heat.  Towards the end of today's ride, Rod would pop out of the van with ice cold water.  We'd grab the bottle and drain it before we were out of sight of the van.
We finished in Sonora today but drove up to Elizabeth Town for a Motel.  After a shower we drove to the Lincoln boyhood home and the Lincoln birthplace.  Abe spent the first seven years of his life in Kentucky.
 Great rib dinner at the Texas Outlaw.
Two more days to Berea and a break.

7/24/2010 05:19:31

I remember when you were getting ready for the great Alaskan ride. One of the things you worried about is whether you could outrun Jim if bears came after you. Yes, it was a joke... but I find it interesting that not being the lead has an advantage: the dogs are tired before you get to them. In modern game play (on computers and consoles), Pat would be called a "meat shield" since he is the one taking the aggravation.

The old phrase "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" needs to be changed to "The legs are willing by the tires are weak." However, it would stand to reason that several hundred (or even a thousand) miles on tires not meant for cross-country travel would tend to be less resilient. As you, Donald, said numerous times before other long-range bicycle trip: each trip is unique and presents a new and different set of problems.

It's the way you face and overcome those problems that I find so admirable.

Eagerly awaiting your arrival in Yorktown.

Hello, Sal, love!

Bonnie Damnit
7/25/2010 10:27:48

Wish I could wiggle my nose and meet you in Burea (?) at the store that sells products made on campus etc. I dropped a few dimes in that place! I love parts of Kentucky, but have more loyal feelings for Tennessee, of course. I don't know how Don can stand to ride in such inhospitable temperatures, and I also don't know how others could be talked into preparing ice water bottles over at least a thousand times. As far as washing biking clothes in motel sinks for someone else---Can't even go there!


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    Don Ballingall

    I am a retired elementary school teacher.  Married with a daughter and two wonderful grandchildren.
    I have ridden across the United states at  ages 38, 50 and 60.
    So why not try it again at 70.


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