Hey guys, Sorry i haven’t been able to keep up with posts lately, anyway here is a recap of tour day two! …and a video per usual thanks to Thomas Roepke.
At the end of day one I had found a odd lump in my front tire, thinking it was the inner tube I stayed up late to try and figure it out. After much trying I ended up with the conclusion that it had to be the tire itself. So waking up the next morning, sore from the day before and knowing that I had this lump in my tire I was worried about how this day was going to pan out.
We woke up at 4am (to beat the heat) and left around 6:30 am. Leaving Chillicothe I was riding in the front group, enjoying a very misty and temperate morning. It was a wonderful drive through some wooded stretches and some downhills, and even under an old train bridge!! We ended up stopping about 10 miles in to regroup with everyone. While waiting some of us took some pictures and joined in on some team stretches. At the first rest stop at mile 20 I decided to leave with group two in order to ride with some other people.
It was a wonderful ride, but my body was extremely sore from the day before and sleeping on the floor that night. There were some sporadic hills but none to intense. We eventually stopped by a country store and while some of us used the bathrooms, the rest of us talked to the locals. This is honestly one of my favorite parts of trips like this, more to come about that shortly. At the country store we meet a Fed Ex driver who told us about a 2 mile long hill that would be in our future. Being a bigger guy, and riding a heavier bike the hills were definitely the down fall of me this trip. Needless to say that hill lived up to what the Fed Ex driver made it seem. It sucked. But while in keeping in a tight formation 6 of us climbed the hill and prayed the whole way up, which was amazing to notice how that changed the way in which we saw the obstacle at hand.
Near the top of the hill one of the riders in my group, Hannah, got her second flat of the day 😦 After spending 10 minutes fixing it we were back on the road.
We reached the rest stop at mile 49 and enjoyed some snacks. At this point I decided to take the rest of the day off due to the incredible pain my back was in. I jumped in the Van with Emily and enjoyed pleasant conversation as well as cheering on the other riders as we passed them. We than found an extremely small country store in the middle of no where eastern Ohio which after an insane 20 minute downpour we decided to set up there for lunch.
My hat goes off to the two ladies who run this shop, seriously the sweetest! Regina, the owner, was far too nice to us. You could tell that the people who visited their store were all locals and that this was the only store for miles. Everyone who came in asked about what we were doing and who we were, which in perspective makes sense knowing that its doubtful that 25 people in spandex are a regular sight for them.
Two little boys who lived up the road continually were riding little bikes down the hill in front of us, and we even patched one of their tires. It was a wonderful time as a team to enjoy the blessings we’ve been given in the areas we rode through.
We ended the night at The Celebration Center, a wonderful church in Belpre O.H. right across the river from Parkersburg W.V. When we rode into the church they already had an amazing meal set up for us! The hospitality we received from these two women and their pastor who cooked for us and set us up with a place to sleep was amazing! After dinner and a much needed shower we all laid out our sleeping bags and fell deeply asleep for the night.
Thank you again for reading this, it brings me great joy to share these stories with you.