Yesterday we couldn't put up a blog as we were in a very beautiful but secluded campsite in northern Tenessee, which did not have wifi. Yesterday was another great day, though it did start with a minor hiccup. On my bike there was a continuous clicking sound, after a bit of home mechanics we discovered that one of my spokes is broken. Having reneged on bringing spare spokes, and no apparent bike shop for miles, i crossed my fingers and started to pedal. Come the end of the day there was no further problem, so it seems that i can survive with one less spoke. Tomorrow we can sort out the problem. Last night after the 70 mile ride, coincidentally, Will also discovered that he has a broken spoke as well, so we are now in the same boat! I have to say in fairness, the Cannondale bikes which we bought, having done over 1000 miles in total, have only had between them: two punctures and two broken spokes. So all in all we are still pleased with our purchase.
The days seem to get easier and easier at the moment. I suppose it is a combination of increasing fitness and the terrain starting to flatten out. We were discussing yesterday that we cannot remember what it is like to cycle on flat ground again, as though it was one of those far off distant memories.
This morning we awoke to the beautiful view of the sun rising over the lake which we were camped beside. With only 55 miles to Knoxville we set out in high spirits, but thoroughly looking forward to a days break. The miles were slightly tougher than usual, perhaps because we are worn out or maybe because we had a nice comfy bed to look forward to tonight. We arrived in Knoxville at around 5pm, where we checked where the address of our destination tonight. It turned out however that it was another 20 miles to where of bed for the night was...bit of a letdown, nevertheless we got on our bikes and polished off the miles. Tomorrow we will have a good rest, do some much needed laundry and fix the bikes.
Here are a couple of older photos which are quite good............Using a random wifi connection in the middle of a secluded park
A Historic moment!