Darlington's Cross Country Blog - June 7
Our own showroom guru, Hank Darlington, is bicycling cross country to raise funds for The Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association's Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in supporting Darlington’s cross-country cause, click here.
Here's his latest post:Reporting on: Sunday, June 7, 2009 (Day 30)
Riding Route: From Kirksville, MO to Quincy, IL
Temperature: 60-80 degrees/Winds: 15 mph
Elevation Climb: 2900 feet
Miles Ridden Today: 76 miles
This is going to be my good news - bad news report!
Good News: No thunder and lightning when we left the hotel this morning @ 7:15
Bad News: An hour into the ride it started raining hard.
Good News: It stopped raining at 10:30 a.m.
Bad News: It started raining again at 11:00 a.m.
Good News: We had no wind for the morning hours.
Bad News: At our first SAG stop (Pictured with several of us in our rain gear) the wind came out of nowhere and was in our faces the rest of the day...along with a light rain.
Bad News: LOTS of traffic after that!
Good News: Not nearly as many hills as yesterday.
Bad News: We still did 2900 feet of climbing.
Good News: Most cars and trucks gave us as much room as possible.
Bad News: Those that didn't tried to run us off the road - and honked their horns at us!
Good News: Eight inch wide white lines were freshly painted and easy to follow.
Bad News: NO shoulder and we had to ride the white line.
Good News: The road was in great repair 95% of the trip.
Bad News: The remaining 5% was in horrible shape!
Good News: We passed the 2000 mile mark today (Pictured above)
Bad News (well, really not so bad): We still have 1500 miles to go.
Bad News: We have a Century Ride tomorrow - and 87 miles the next day - before we have another rest stop.
Good News: My roommate Champ's wife, Veronica, arrived today from Washington, IL and I'll have the room to myself for three nights.
Bad News: I can't think of any!
Throughout the day everywhere we looked we saw signs in the corn fields that said "Crow's Planted Here"! All of us had a different thought. I finally had to ask! Crow is a brand name of hybrid corn. The company also products hybrid soybeans, alfalfa and sorghum! See picture.
One last thing: I'd like to encourage any of you who want to donate to the Scholarship Fund to get your donations in. You can do it online at www.bikewithhank.com
Okay, that's it for today! Tomorrow we're off to Springfield, IL.
Read Darlington’s other adventure-filled posts from the beginning of his Tour de USA at his daily blog (http://www.crosscountryrider.blogspot.com).