I've finally gotten a little bit of sleep, but I still feel a bit hazy. I'm not going to jump to conclusions about the Randonneuring Lifestyle just yet. If you backed me into a corner right now and made me comment on it, I'd probably say "What was I thinking?! How do Rando's get any kind of a kick out of this suffering?!" - All natural reactions when you consider my current physical conditions:
- Sunburned to hell
- Knees aching
- Feet cramping
- Left hand still partially numb six hours after riding
- Butt still sore
- Nips are raw from shirt buffeting
- Arms, legs, abs, neck and back are stiff
- Still tired. Very Tired.
- SLEEP MOAR, Newbtard. For real.
- Wear. Sunscreen.
- Multiple hand positions: good idea. Flat bars are not your friend.
- Chafing sucks. Pick up some chamois butt'r and/or something for the nips.
- The wind is calm
- We're making pretty good time
- It's nice that there's not much traffic out here
- A squished armadillo 5 miles south of Pleasanton, KS
- A 2-cent increase in fuel prices at Casey's between our two visits (only a few hours apart)
- The La Cygne, KS Coal-fired power plant
- An old man who thought c'Dude and I were just about the strangest humanoids in existance
- A trailer hauling crushed cars that lost TWO trailer tires at the same time
3:30 AM at the first control checkpoint.
Awesome, hazy, foggy sunrise
La Cygne Power plant
Foggy, twisty descent
3.91 per gallon at Casey's
... a few hours later on the return trip...
Old steel bridge
Riding on the shoulder of US-69 for a few miles.
Check out the rear driver's side wheels on this trailer.
Parked at the Pleasanton Control checkpoint
Steep grades are fun! When descending...
Paul Van Dyk - Out There And Back
Flobots - Handlebars (I'm not one for much rap or R&B but the lyrics are geeky and catchy)