September 19th – 25th Preparing For Our Cross Country Bike Trip

Date: September 19th

Time Pedaling: 1 hr. 50 min.
Miles: 18.20
Avg. Speed: 10.7 mph
Max Speed: 23.9 mph
Trip Odometer: 102.80
Weather: sunny with some clouds, cool, wind approximately 20 to 30 mph
Time of Departure: 2:30
Arrival Time Back Home: 5:15
Repairs: None

It was a windy day today making us work hard. It was good and bad all at the same time. Anyone who has ridden into the wind for more than ten minutes knows what I’m talking about. We planned on a much longer ride but with the wind working against us we didn’t make as good of time as we hoped and we had other obligations.

Although the bridge on Hohman Avenue in downtown Hammond was a bit tough heading North, that was nothing compared to the combination of wind and uphill on the trek back. At one point I was saying (literally, out loud), “yes I can! yes I can!” (I’m sure the people in the cars next to me were enjoying that 😉 ), while I felt my body shouting “STOP!”….Thanks to my sheer stubbornness, I won that argument! My legs hurt, my chest feels like I ran a few miles. But, regardless, I feel good. Since I’m the oldest and in the worst shape physically, I felt that I should share my version of today’s ride. Good practice for some of the more strenuous days on our journey.

We stopped at a couple of places to take care of some business along the way. Evening commitments for the kids had us heading home just in time to eat dinner and run out the door.
-Gail

Date: September 20th

Sold more stuff today, making a bigger dent in the amount of inventory in what I like to affectionately refer to as “Our Stuffmart”! When I handed Rob $40 he said, “That’s a Bontrager tire!” That is how we are looking at everything that we sell. One more expense for the trip is covered.

No riding today partly due to the sale and partly due to family commitments on Thursdays.
-Gail

Date: September 25th

No riding for a couple of days and we can tell. We don’t want our training to be on the road but, it may just end up being so to some extent. We have been busy selling off, visiting with friends and family, and tieing up loose ends.

We were brainstorming as a family about t-shirt designs. After a number of ideas were talked about, my daughter mentioned this existing one. We knew this was the design. We fine tuned it and the next thing you know, the shirts were being made (wife and daughter).

T-Shirt Design for www.fourtheroad.com Family

We (okay, my wife and daughter) are making more shirts, which brings an
idea-r to mind. I guess what I’m trying to get at here is that our daughter was comfortable enough to free flow ideas with us. Our son also. I recommend empowering your children in such a way that they do not fear sharing. Hug them, love them, encourage them. Same thing goes for your wife, men. Guess I could write about this for a while. But, I won’t. You get the picture.

It’s amazing how many new friends we are making b-e-f-o-r-e we even leave. Some folks (like John and Cathy from Homewood) insisted on giving a contribution, another fellow wants to make us look presentable for the trip by chopping our hair (Sid), another dug in his garage to offer some brake parts that may come in handy.

People like a good story. They want to be part of it. You are. Thank you. We hope that it is one that finds you well, and smiling inside.
-Rob

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