Posted by Peter:
We started the day with a fabulous breakfast in Jean and Don's kitchen (does that mean we're family now? That would be just fine.) Got on the road at 8:50. Did 31.4 miles to yet another wonderful B&B. This one had peanut butter pound cake with chocolate icing waiting for us! It's close enough to town that we can walk to several restaurants for dinner. Some of today's ride's highlights:
- All of the ride was on "Alt 17". It was ugly again. No shoulders at all are fine when there's no traffic, like yesterday. Today, the BIG trucks were back: the heavy construction Tonka trucks and the log haulers. One of them buzzed us so close that I could smell the fresh cut wood as it sped by. A number of them really had me seeing my life flash by.
- I finally got fed up and started riding 2-3 feet into the road and forcing them to wait until they could go into the oncoming traffic lane to get by us. That earned me a few honks. I just smiled and waved. And smiled and waved.
- At one point, however, a pick up truck went around us and the passenger yelled at me "Get out of the road, idiot!". I had smiled and waved enough. I shouted an explitive loud enough to make all the Baptist churches within ten miles tremble on their foundations. Surprisingly (and thankfully) they just kept on truckin'.
- At 11AM (about three hours after breakfast), I felt so light headed and dizzy that I had a hard time keeping the bike upright. We stopped and, at Faith's prompting, I tested my blood glucose. It was 71, far too low. I ate an energy bar and felt better in a few minutes. Something to watch.
- We took a bio-break at a convenience store about 12 miles into the ride. As we pulled in, two guys in a truck getting gas said that they had passed us in Walterboro and that we were really making good time! (If only they knew what kind of miles a real cyclist could churn out). We chatted about where we were headed and where we had started. Then the two women who were working in the store came out and we talked with them for about 15 minutes about our trip and their lives (that's how it usually goes). We were joined by another customer who was also interested in our trip and in sharing his bicycling experiences while in the army in Italy. Nice people, all of them. Meeting people like this has definitely been one of the best parts of our trip. Makes me pleased that we're not rushing.
- A portion of our ride (maybe 1/4) was in a fine mist (not quite a light rain, in my opinion, Faith differs with me, what else is new). Not a big deal, and it kept the temps down. Made for a comfortable ride. However, as I write this in the comfort of our B&B, it's raining pretty hard, call us lucky again.
So, that's today's story. We've got email to attend to, tomorrow's route to detail, a good dinner to have. Another successful day on the road!