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Can't find a hotel...where in the world is Shorter?

Rain, detours, and little old ladies!

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Once again raindrops accompanied our team as we began today's ride. Starting out on Rt 219 we soon turned out on Old Skillet Rd. I love seeing the interesting road names around here.


The team rode along and then ran into a detour. Dan said to tell the folks in Silver Wheels, "road closed, means ROAD CLOSED!"


So instead of pavement, the bikes had to pick their way down a dirt/stone road. 6 miles may not seem like a lot in a car, but to a cyclist, it is a lot of road to cover when you're trying to ride 100 miles.

The riders stopped to take pictures at the GA /AL line.


But along with unseen problems on the road, there are also gems along the way. We stopped in the town of LaFayette, AL for lunch.


It had once again decided to rain. (Not hard, but enough to annoy) Karen and I found a wonderful little antique shop with an awning out over the sidewalk. I went inside and met the nicest little lady, named Clara. She was 81 years old and had worked in this town all her life. She said it would be just wonderful to meet the riders and of course we could use her storefront for lunch. She even offered to bring out chairs. (We already had the chairs from the overhead compartment down and ready for use.) The riders ate lunch, had a visit and were wished well for the rest of their journey. God bless you, Clara for your southern hospitality and kindness.


The riders took off to finish the ride for the day, knowing that they had a category 5 climb ahead. It was tough riding. We picked them up highway AL 50 right after the climb. I got to see Dan out of his saddle. I wish I could have gotten a close up of their faces as they came up the hill. They are incredible riders and I am so proud of all three of them!


While they were finishing their ride, Karen and I made a little detour to: 3A0C99BD2219AC681712E939DA702BD4.jpg

We found our hotel (sorry that it was 1/2 hour away) in the town of Shorter. We will head back tomorrow ,driving past fields of cotton. I have never seen cotton fields before.


Our dinner tonight consisted of Coleslaw, baked beans and Jack Daniels pulled pork. We are all trying to figure out the time change since we are now in Central Daylight Time. (Except Karen who is from Chicago)

So goodnight from Shorter . Keep riding my friends.

A note from Wynn ( the dreamer and coordinator)

Each day we ride is truly a new adventure. Today included changing weather, changing topography on the road, southern hospitality from Clara, a bridge out that caused spirits to drop a bit in the AM to riding a pace line in the PM, and finishing the day on a CAT 5 climb that included 12-15% grade for the first half mile. All in all, we are all doing better than we thought we would, but we have a long way to go. God has been good and certainly kept us safe. Thank you for your comments. Keep them coming.

Posted by brendagerber07 17:30

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It is so much fun checking in to see how your day went and what you are experiencing. Each day I think about you three on your ride and really look forward to checking in on the blog. Thank you Brenda for establishing this technology hub for us wanabe bike riders.

by Wendy Miller

You three look like you're doing great. Too bad about the rain & the detour. Dan, I found myself wondering if there was a front loader on the road that was closed. Please send me your Iphone number. I've asked Ev for it a few times but I don't have anything yet.

by Larry Best

Love, love, love the pictures and comments!!! What an experience! Praying daily for all of you!
Love, Char

by Char Jakubec

"Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten, look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land." Brenda, I picked a lot of cotton when I was a kid. It's how we earned the money to go to the county fair. In the south there is a saying about someone who is wealthy or doing very well - we say: "He's in high cotton." That's because the taller the cotton grows, the more it produces per acre. It looks like y'all are "in high cotton." Loving the blog and the pictures. That looked like a serious hill. Proud of the team for overcoming so much potential adversity in one day. There will always be detours in life. "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9. I think meeting Clara (great name, huh?) made up for all the difficluties. Love you guys!

by Charlie Eavenson

Loved your comment: "I got to see Dan out of his saddle." For some reason it brought tears to my eyes :( :)

Didn't think I'd hear from Dan last night but also didn't realize about the time change in Alabama. He sounded VERY tired but still in good spirits. He says he feels strong and that Colleen and Wynn are right there with him.

Love to ALL of you.

by Ev Roob

I am praying for your crew! May God bless and use you everyday! God bless!

by Jim Barrett

Yummy-bar-b-que pulled pork in the south!!!! mmmm, mmmm, yummy!!! :). Great job riders-Wow!!! Prayers for sweet rest to awake refreshed tomorrow!!! Love to all!!!

by Valerie

You are all doing a fantastic job. I know Colleen has many good people here and above watching over her and her team! It's great to be able to see your adventures each day!

Keep up the great adventure!

Love ya'

by Kathie

I love your blog and photos. Awesome picture of the bridge & church. It's interesting to see what you're seeing that's new to you. "Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times there are not forgotten, look away, look away, look away Dixie Land." Lots of kids in the south picked cotton in the fall. It's how we earned money to go to the county fair. Now it's all picked by machine.
So sorry to hear that you guys got detoured onto a dirt & gravel road. It seems that there are lots of detours in life: "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9 God usually has a good reason for the detours, even if we can't see it at the time. It appears that meeting Clara (great name) made up for the difficulties of the day. May the Lord bless you all with a good night's rest.

by Charlie Eavenson

Way to conquer that hill!!!

by Rachel Norton

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