We celebrated the fourth of July yesterday with friends in Omaha, NE. Getting into town wasn't easy or for the faint of heart, and I mean that figuratively and literally. About 20 miles out of town, the day went from a sleepy Sunday morning feel to a really busy, "I've got places to be" feel. Drivers seemed much more aggressive and the hills really picked up. This part of NE is not flat at all!
Hills really slow cyclist quite a bit, so we rolled into our friend's house about 2 hours later than what I had imagined halfway through the ride. Main roads and side streets only go up or down, there's nothing flat around these parts. So we were panting and sweating like crazy as we fought the traffic. After taking one of many breaks, we elongated the last 14 miles to 18 to get on a series of paths to get us off the roads. It made for a much better ride.
We arrived at our friends home and all of our moods immediately switched from semi angry to overjoyed. Its amazing how that can happen just by finishing a hard 58 miles at a friend's home, on the 4th of July.
We are roughly at the halfway point of the ride. We'll be surely able to say that we've entered the second half once we depart. Thank goodness we're not leaving today, we need a rest day! But these are some of the derails of the first half of the trip.
Ok, we have many tasks to take care of today on our rest day, so I better get out of bed and start that list! Hope you had a great Independence Day!