My mileage was off. I had calculated that I would do 280 miles today but I actually did 299 and a little bit. Lets just call that 300 miles.
300 miles is a big number for me. At one point on Skylark it was limit of what I could do in a day and I would fall off the bike and drag myself to the hotel room by my knuckles. Today, I was certainly ready to be done and my sit bones are sore from the seat but….I’m good. I walked to the room, took a shower, watched a movie, ordered pizza, covered my bike, ate, watched some Netflixx. I’m good. If this hotel weren’t so isolated, I’d almost consider going out for coffee or something. I’m not particularly sore or tired. Part of this is because of the all the hard work I’ve been doing in the gym but part of it is the bigger, stronger and more ergonomic bike that is Nightingale. Please don’t get me wrong, I love Skylark, she is a fantastic bike. She is more nimble the Nightingale by…well…a lot and her engine sounds more sexy. I think next year we may spend some time turning her into a hot little road race. However, a 300 mile a day bike she is not.
Today was great. I mean it’s a boring flat ride but I got out early enough that I avoided the heat. I got to ride under the Windmills that always make me think of the hammers in The Wall. I saw either a massive dirt devil or a column of smoke from a fire. I dodged about ten blown tires and dead animals. I got briefly lost in Abilene when I didn’t notice that HWY 83 and HWY 84 had split. However, it was easily rectified. Tomorrow I head to Santa Fe. I need to check the weather as I hear I may have some rain. Then I think some more Netflixx and then bed. Tomorrow doesn’t have to be quite as early as today was but still, I’d like to get on the road by 8.
Hopefully I’ll have some pictures tomorrow and maybe I’ll shoot some video. I’ve got 270 miles to go unless I miscalculated the mileage again.