July 05th, 2021
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!
7/5/2021 09:28:19 am
How appropriate to be spending Independence on your bicycles touring across the country. There are few greater feelings of total independence in this life than bicycle touring. You have everything you need on your bike and you supply the power to get there. It’s a beautiful thing.
7/5/2021 05:26:47 pm
7/5/2021 04:00:56 pm
You all continue to be my heroes! Great pic of you all too. Keep on keepin and may there be many continued blessings along the way!
7/5/2021 05:28:18 pm
7/6/2021 01:02:30 pm
Aw thank you dear friend - that means so much coming from two amazing musicians! How cool you got to see Kevin- give him my regards if you talk to him. I always remember him - such a nice guy and great sense of humor!
7/5/2021 05:26:39 pm
There is something very impressive about burning through a set of tires! Halfway across, great job! I'm recording a couple TDF stages for you in case you want to watch some other people pedaling hard when you get back.
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