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From Rain to Sunshine...We Pedal On

Day Two is in the Books


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I don't even like to drive in the rain, but at 7:40 am the three adventurous ones headed out the door into the rain. (Now it wasn't gale forces, or torrential downpours, but it was a steady rain and about 65 degrees) Karen and I stayed in the hotel, dozing in and out til 9:30 am. The old fellas down in the breakfast area were talking about the three crazy guys out on their bikes in the early morning hours. We spoke up and told them where we were heading and they said they thought we were doing a mighty fine job sagging for them from the comfort of the hotel. Ha! The rain lasted about three hours, but they rode on along Rt 280W. It was light traffic, being a Sunday morning, so the riders didn't get too splashed up by passing cars. There was one woman driver that I heard made Colleen mad...but you'll have to ask her about that :) I do have to tell one on Dan... Right out of the blocks this morning, Dan saw a road sign for 280E and promptly headed that way and Colleen caught him before the team headed back to Savannah. Of course the blame was placed on not having had enough coffee (uh huh) and of course we must tell one on Wynn too, who was looking everywhere for the bungee cords that were hanging around his neck. heehee.
The sag wagon passed the riders in Easton before stopping for lunch in Hawkinsville. As usual the riders filled up on sandwiches and even a cookie or two. The water was refilled, Gatorade too, and the Fizz added. All agreed to meet in 15 miles and then decide if they were done for the day. We pulled into Elco and found that we only had 6.4 miles to go to reach a 100 miles, known to cyclists as a Century. So Karen and I headed up Rt 26 for another 7 miles and waited in a red Georgia Clay pull off and waited for the team to complete their 100 miles. We headed up north 15 minutes on RT 75 to a little town called Perry. We stayed at another Quality Inn there. Colleen and Dan did laundry while Wynn and I met some of our good friends, Charlie and Susan (from the Atlanta area.) We were having a wonderful conversation at Applebee's when who should pull in, but the rest of the team, so we all had dinner there.

Being a Sunday, Wynn had a spiritual thought of the day. While riding along he saw a sign along the road that said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. What a wonderful verse to see when you are tired and need a little encouragement.
I have to say that the Lord gives us just what we need. Our friends drove two hours one way to see us this evening and encourage us to keep on keeping on. Dan has been getting daily notes from Evelyn tucked into his luggage and clothes. We all enjoy the encouraging words that you, our followers, take the time to post. One funny story that comes from Wynn's co-workers; they got him a cake the day we left and told the bakery to put, "May the wind be at your back", but they forgot the space between the words "be and at". So of course it read, " May the wind BEAT your back. The forecast is for Easterly winds for the next 6 days. Enough of the funny stuff. We need to get an early start. We will drive back to the exact spot where we stopped and the team is hoping to ride another century tomorrow. Lord willing, we will have 50 miles in the bank when I write tomorrow night.

Time to put up some pics...
Rolling along,
Brenda and the pony express

Boo Hiss! Internet is not strong enough to upload the pictures. I'll try to double up tomorrow.

Posted by brendagerber07 18:34

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Steve Woosley,

Keep your comments coming. We love to hear Dan Roob laugh.

Wynn

by brendagerber07

We've enjoyed keeping up with your trip! The kids have asked lots of questions. Love your blog!!! Thanks for the update - I know Mom & Dad were excited to meet y'all in Perry and visit.

by Jack & Stephanie Higgins

We've been to Perry. It is a hop and a skip to your cousin Chuck's. He coulda met you. If you want his # let me know.

by kathy caywood

Way to go team! I'm so happy for you Aunt Colleen! I have been following the blog and am enjoying reading of your adventure. Love all the pictures too. Stay strong team!

by Grace Barrish

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