The plan today seemed simple enough: ride from Texoma to Wiley, set up camp in a park there, and have dinner with Sara (Ballard) Moore and her family. Two problems: my knees hurt more than ever, and the Texas maps are a smaller scale than I'm used to. This is not to mention the rain, which was just a bother.
[posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on November 14, 2004]
Hi, folks! I made it to Texas! Last time I wrote, I was poised to ride into Oklahoma City from the north.
I started out today very discouraged. My knees hurt more than ever, and the first few miles getting out of the park were all hills. I got off and walked, but even walking hurt. I didn't see how I could make it to Texas -- I'd have to change all my plans, etc. etc. I thought about calling Mom & Dad, but I decided they had enough to worry about with 'Becca's baby shower, so I put off calling until evening.
Today was supposed to be a short ride, but knee pain necessitated a lot of stops, and the only campground with showers turned out to be a lot farther south than I had anticipated!
In Paoli, I stopped for coffee and wound up talking with the cafe owner about the trail riding (cattle driving) he did in the '70s. He gave me my coffee for free, but I tipped generously.
I woke in the motel this morning and had trouble getting going, between the wet and cold outside, the horrible stale smoke inside, and a new pain in my left knee. I put on a new knee bandage I had bought yesterday at the phone nurse's recommendation, but it just bunched up immediately and became more painful than the pain it was supposed to treat!
[sent to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo group on November 9, 2004]
Hi, folks! It's been three months now since I left Minneapolis. My trip is 1/4 over already! But 3/4 of it is still ahead...
It felt good to hit the road again! Mom made a wonderful breakfast of teriyaki fried eggs and fresh-baked breadsticks.
I took Bison Road out of town, which meant Dad and I crossed paths on my way out of town and his way to work. From there I rode on Highway 75 for a few miles and then took "Old 75" all the way into Owasso. Outside Ramona I stopped to stretch my legs and wound up picking up pecans for half an hour!
Here's what I wore on a typical day:
You may be wondering what exactly one might bring on a long-distance, solo bicycle trip. Enough people have expressed interest that I figured I should take some photos of what I'm carrying and describe what goes where and why.
[originally posted to the Wheeled Migration Yahoo Group on November 1, 2004]
Hi, folks! I'm still vegging out in Bartlesville, Oklahoma... It looks like I'll be here until Friday. A few highlights of visiting my hometown in this way at this time: