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Gnarly Days and Happy Faces

June 10th, 2009
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I gotta tell you, the last two days beat the begeezus out of me, Sheesh… There have been some great parts mind you, but the wind yesterday, and the “bridge-out” today… plus the finicky front-tube needing three repairs. Or the dirtroads… Did I mention the wind yesterday? It was wicked…

Such is life on the road. Pedal pedal. I’m just thankful the ForLiberty guys came down to shoot a promo for the ride 😀 and took most of the weight out of my cart.

Joetta Duetch was a big help through Illinois and it was great to get to see her on her own turf. She brought a welcoming crew down to the Sheriff Office, together we all made quite the troupe waltzing in. I didn’t know at first that Chris was filming, and have been a bit apprehensive about broaching the subject with the sheriffs, but the long and the short of it is that there will soon be a youtube example of the pitch. I hope it turns out good 🙂

I met a supporter Chad at the Springfield Capitol.
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Great guy, cool car
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The ride on Monday was into strong winds all day. I’ll have to write a proper post about ‘true’ and ‘apparent’ wind for y’all if I get the time

Tuesday started out great, was making good time. Had a local stop me before I went down a hill to a small bridge out in Jacksonville. I only wish I had discussed the rest of the day.

Part of the route was on some backroads I was a bit unsure of. They turned out to be unpaved and became increasingly ‘rural’ as I pedaled on, at one point I started hearing banjos and was wondering if I ever would see paved roads again… haha.

When I did get out onto Rt 100, it was great, The rain was light and the road clear and smooth. The dirt roads had slowed me down but I definitly had enough time to get to Pittsfield before dark. Or so I thought until I hit 106 where I found a major “bridgeout” sign… uh-oh. The closest suitable bridge was 20 miles north, and there were no motles anywhere in the area… uh oh… the closest motel on this side of the river was ~30 miles NNE (on this section I am traveling SSW – eek)

There was one other bridge though… Only that one entailed a 10mile uphill sprint along the interstate… Luckily I ran into a trucker who gave me the skinny on the bridge (wide shoulder) and I just went for it.

Total mileage for the day was 77miles… Last ten miles a looooonng uphill on a road few bikes tread;. It was safe, just a bit nervewracking, waiting for the Highway Patrol to pull up and ask me what the heck I think I was doing… Needless to say getting off the exit was a relief, then a quick 5 miles into town… and here I sit, getting ready to see what today will bring 🙂

Oh, I guess I forgot the three time I had to stop and repair my front tube… lulz…

pedal pedal

🙂

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  1. Joetta Deutsch
    June 10th, 2009 at 08:10 | #1

    That guy with the cool car is Chad! He is a freedom lover and was happy to meet you. I live 20 miles from him and have yet to see that car so feel privileged! LOL.
    It was nice to help out. That bridge out detour sounds brutal.
    We NEED more people along your route to step up and meet you to avoid those detours.

  2. June 10th, 2009 at 08:17 | #2
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    Thanks for stopping through Springfield Michael. I am sorry I was unable to get down to the Sheriff’s office and the Capitol Plaza.

    I was glad to have you on my radio program Saturday to tell my audience about your travels and your message.

    Below is a link to the podcast. The segment you are a part of is about 20 min. into it.

    http://www.stationcaster.com/download.php?file=http://www.stationcaster.com/stations/wmay/media/mpeg/Saturday_Session_with_Bishop_06_06_09_Hour_1-1244423354.mp3&id=27219

    (download mp3)

    Thanks again and god speed.

    in liberty,
    Greg Bishop

  3. Ginia
    June 10th, 2009 at 17:41 | #3

    It was wonderful to see you and we thank you for putting up with us. May the wind be at your back, a welcoming sun on your face and God’s strength in your feet! Safe journeys my friend! 🙂

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