Distance: 85 miles
Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy, low 80s, a bit of rain for a few!
Today I am going to tell you about something that happened to me today. I know I usually tell you about the riders’ day but I thought I’d change things up a bit. So I rode from the first sag today…that means I started when everyone else had already gone about 32 miles. I did this because my right foot has been killing me lately (not to make excuses…). I also made the mistake (?) of wearing my University of Michigan cycling kit today while we are riding through Ohio! What was I thinking?!?!?
Anyway, as many of you know, we have been beta testing downloading the daily routes into our Garmins and using them to navigate. It has been a great success with quite a few less lost people. The Garmin not only gives you a line on a map to follow, it tells you how far to your next turn and beeps when you are close. That is when you don’t hit something somehow on the Garmin that stops it from recording your position which is what I did (so far…in 42 days I am the only one who I know has managed this it is so hard to do).
So I was riding along and all of a sudden I was in the cute small town of Hartville. I pulled over because, having travelled this route over a dozen times, I knew there was no small town on it. As I was trying to figure out where I was, a car pulled up to me and someone got out and said “I love your “M” jersey”. As I had already been told by quite a few people that I was brave to wear it here, I was expecting him to say something derogatory and I braced myself for it. But instead he said “I lived in Ann Arbor for ten years but came back here and have a chocolate factory”! He showed me his retail shop and told me about the factory and how people can tour it. He also helped me get back on course, and it turned out I wasn’t too far off in the first place.
I left that town with a warm fuzzy feeling even though I did a few extra miles. And I tell you this story because sometimes it is the unexpected things that happen out on the road that make it such a great experience.
Well, tomorrow is another day, and the last before out last rest day…it is going so quick!