Welcome to my mid life crisis!

I can't believe you are actually reading my blog! How cool. Pretty much I am doing this for myself. Kind of like an on-line diary if you will. Hope you like it...just don't look too close at grammar and spelling!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 7 Miami to Joplin, MO 38 miles TOTAL 450 MILES!!!

This is it! 38 miles, I'm really tired but this has been such a great adventure.  The ride this morning was nice but they did sneak in a few really steep hills.  One had a grade of 10% but I made it up without walking.  Our rest stop was beside an old country cemetary.  Donna pretended she was dead.

We decided to take go a mile off route and get our pictures made at the place where three states meet.  That was a really neat feeling.  I can't believe we have ridden our bikes approx 450 miles.  Probably a little more if you count all the riding between hotels and camp site.

Randy and Austn were waiting at the finish line to cheer us on.  It was really good to see the end and to know we did it.  Now...time to start planning the next adventure.....

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 6 Pryor to Miami 65 miles

I crashed on my bike this morning on the way from the hotel to camp! Scared me to death. I looked down and a HUGE bug, actually a creature of some kind, had landed on my arm. It wouldn't get off and I lost my balance in my frantic gestures to try and shoo it off. I went down on the street. This was about 4:30a.m. so it was dark out. Thank goodness there was not a car behind me. I grabbed the bike and my garmin and mirror that flew off and moved to the side of the road. Donna and I were both really shook up. The garmin was fine but the mirror had broke. We rode back to camp and then I decided my first case of "road rash" was to be considered a cool thing!

Great ride today just really hot. Mostly flat 65 miles from pryor to Miami. Donna is having trouble with leg cramps.  She eats pickles like crazy and drinks the juice because it helps.  She was very motivated to get out of the heat and decided to ride fast and hard to get to town.  I decided to take a slower approach.

As we neared Vinita I heard a guy in front of me talking about a diner that was featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. I decided to follow him and check it out. A couple of ladies were also doing the same thing and they invited me to sit with them. They were school teachers in their fifties from Illinois and each year they pick a different state to bike through. What a cool idea!

Tonight we have a dinner and banquet in our host city of Miami.  We also have a nice hotel room at a Holiday Inn Express - woohoo!!  Alice, Donna, and I plan to swim and visit the hot tub.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day 5 Tahlequah to Pryor 58 miles

Tahlequah is beautiful but time to move on. It's 4:30.....hit snooze this time so running behind.  I feel sore for the first time on the trip.  Donna and I have to ride 3 miles in dark back to campground. I hope we can see the symbols on the ground with our headlights that direct us. Today should be easier compared to yesterday. My legs are sore for the first time on this trip. I wish I liked coffee cuz I could use some!


This is the best day EVER!! I rode with Alice, Keith, and Vicky for about an hour. They were such a nice group and I loved talking to them. We went through some beautiful shaded areas and it was downhill too which is always nice.

We rolled into Salina and got the best welcome of any town so far.  I was really surprised at their energy and how they rolled out the red carpet.  I had the best Indian Taco I have ever had....well make that the only one I ever had because I didn't know I liked them!  Then we went outside and the Salina school band played for us!  I think this was the moment that the magnitude of what I am doing hit me. I thought I might cry.  It was overwhelming but in a good way. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 4 Muldrow to Tahlequah 64 miles

4:00 a.m.
I just read and re read all the encouraging texts, FB comments, and blog comments from all my friends and family. You have no idea how much that has helped me. Well that and this hotel!! Ha ha  I had the best night sleep ever!! It's almost 4:00am and I'm ready to tackle what they describe as the most difficult day of freewhweel. We ride 65 miles from Muldrow to Talequah. They said we climb the whole way.

There is one dangerous hill in which a police car will be stationed as a warning. It has a sharp turn and some gravel plus it's had alot of rain. I'm wearing my Allegiance jersey today since I did so good Monday on the climbs when I wore it!
Life is a highway..I want to ride it.....(singing this in my head today)

OH. MY. GOSH.  Hills are bad.  Only 1 hour and 10 miles of hills.  I am not sure I can do this.  This picture doesn't even begin to show how bad it really is.  I had to walk part way up 2 hills.

Today was so hard. I actually bawled at the end. Then donna got tickled at me crying so the. I was laughing and crying at the same time. They felt sorry for us and got a shuttle to take us and the bikes to our resort holiday inn express so we didn't have to ride 3 more miles from the finish.
I had no idea I could push my body that hard. I started having mental issues like "why am I doing this" and stuff like that. It was seriously rough. One hill was so bad the police sat at the top with lights on to warn us off how steep the down hill was. It was a mile long with sharp turns. I might have worn out my brake pads on that one.
Oh one fun down hill had a 25 mph speed sign and I was going 40mph!! That was funny.

Well I'm rambling. Going to walk to catfish cabin cuz I'm not getting on the bike till tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 3 continued


Having a blast!!!!!!!! The rain cleared out by 6:00 a.m. It is a beautiful day. Incredible scenery. 35 miles down and 34 more to go. Lots of horn honking at my princess/ballerina/fairy costume.  I have been told I look like an Ostrich from behind! LOL Donna looks awesome as Dorothy. Got to eat my sandwich now and then ride. Woooooo hooooooooo!!!!!!!

3:00 p.m.
Today was so awesome! Muldrow is a really neat town and they rolled out the welcome wagon for us. I had the best hamburger ever. And then Donna and I went to the hotel! Woo hoo!!!

Now keep in mind this hotel is nothing I would ever stay in before but right now it's heaven even with the dead flies and roach ontbe floor. I got a real shower and feel like a new woman! It's amazing how the $60 for the hotel transformed my trip.

Donna and I are getting ready to ride back over to camp ground to hang with everyone, eat, and attend the 7:00 meeting. Then back to our ice cold room to sleep in real beds!! If we are lucky they will have unstopped the bathtub so it will drain and I can have another shower!

Day 3 Heavener to Muldrow 65 miles

4:30 a.m.
It's pouring out there. I'm all dressed and ready to roll as soon as lightening stops. I slept some finally!! Yea!!! Think I got 4 hours.  The school cafeteria was air conditioned.  Donna and I brought our inflatable mattresses into the cafeteria. However, didn't realize every time you move the slightest it makes a awful squeaking noise. I really ticked the guy off beside me. I opened my eyes a couple of times during the night when I rolled over and he was glaring at me. Whoops!

I've learned something about myself. I'm not an outdoor camping person. Is it cheating if we get a hotel room in Muldrow? I just can't take it anymore!  I can bike but I can't camp in heat. If that makes me a wimp then so be it! I need sleep!!  My husband is the best.  He texted me that he reserved a hotel in Muldrow for us. 

Today is crazy day so I am wearing a tutu and princess hat. Donna is dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  Wonder if she can click her heels together and get us home faster?

I am highly motivated to make it to Muldrow because the budget inn resort and spa awaits me!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 2 Clayton to Heavener 65 miles

They said last night that this freewheel is the hardest course they have ever done. I sure picked the year to try it. Today and Wednesday are supposed to be the most difficult. So I guess if I can handle today then I am set for the week. I didn't sleep at all last night. It was so hot. Low was 79 and that was 3:00am. I did rest though and hopefully some caffeine will perk me up.

It is so beautiful in this part of the state. I feel like I am in Arkansas or Missouri. Well I can hear all the tent zippers so time to get ready for the bike. I love the biking part of this trip!!

3:00 p.m.
I went up and down the winding staircase mountain range today and it was sooo super awesome!! I had a blast. I was even passing some of the boys going up! Woo hoo! I felt like lance Armstrong flying down as it curved around.

It was a hard ride but good. We saw so many beautiful sites. One cool site was some boys swinging on a rope into a river. Looked just like the old mountain dew commercial! I wore my allegiance credit union jersey since today is flag day.
I was very worried about my niece Jessica who was trapped in her car with rising water in OKC. She made it out okay but I was really worried for everyone and prayed a lot.

8:00 p.m.

The storm is coming our way.  Donna and I have decided to camp out in the cafeteria.