Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Day 36 – Memphis, TN to Milan, TN (92 miles)

Thursday, April 6, 2010

We had yet another hot, long day today. I have to admit that I wasn’t in the best mood starting out the day. I was pretty tired and not super excited to get on the bike for another long ride. But it turned out to be a pretty good day.

For the first time in I-have-no-idea-how-long, we were actually blessed by shade for a large portion of the ride. It was amazing. It’s pretty ridiculous how much of a difference there is between the sun and the shade. So although the temperature was probably just as hot today as it has been for the past few days, it didn’t seem nearly as bad. We thought we were going to be blessed with a tail wind for our ride today, but, unfortunately, Mother Nature decided to play a nasty trick on us and blow the wind right in our faces for pretty much the entire day. That made the day a bit more challenging, but at least it was a cooling wind. For the vast majority of our ride, the scenery was pretty good, with lots of woods on either side of the road. Overall, it made for a pleasant ride.

We started to get in to flood country today. It was very sad. Lots and lots of fields were flooded. We also saw some stranded houses out in the middle of rain water lakes. And we passed a few trucks and trailers submerged in water. It is difficult to imagine someone’s entire life’s belongings floating in murky, dirty water. The church where we were supposed to stay tonight was located in Humbolt, Tennessee. Unfortunately, because of problems after the flood, a large portion of the church (including the gym where we were supposed to stay) ended up covered with sewage backup. Not pleasant. So they found another place for us to stay a few miles down the road. It was so nice of them. We are staying at a Baptist Church in Milan. Sadly, Milan, Tennessee is not nearly as exciting as Milan, Italy. And it’s not pronounced the same way, either. Apparently they like to be different here in Tennessee. For anyone that is interested (and for everyone else who couldn’t care less), the town is pronounced like “my lan.” I guess it has a nice ring to it…

Today was also mail-drop day. It was a big day for me. Mike sent me a package full of random stuff. The wonderful ladies (and guys) at FS&H sent me an enormous package full of complete deliciousness. And Nancy made the most amazing ginger cookies I have ever tasted. I may gain 5 pounds eating all of the food that was sent. And I’ll enjoy every minute of it. Thanks guys, you rock!

Tomorrow we are participating in the Strawberry Festival in Humbolt, TN. It is a very big deal around here. Schools are even out for the festival. We are going to be in the parade tomorrow morning. In preparation for this exciting event, we decorated our bikes and helmets this evening. We are so creative. I think we may have gone a little overboard with the pipe cleaners…
End of the thirty-sixth day. And it was flooded.

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