It was great to see every one this morning to cheer us on. I've been anxious about this adventure for the last few weeks and I think it's been apparent. Within the first few minutes of starting the ride I realized how much I enjoy riding and that it wasn't the distance I was worried about it was the time. This December first Corliss and I will have been married 40 years and this will be the longest I've been away. Also all of the kids are very close. And then there are the 5 grand babies 2 and under. I'll be missing a lot, but this will be an amazing adventure.
Overall this first day went pretty well, though at 57 pounds the bike was tail heavy and a bit wobbly. Of course at 218 so am I. We got in 120 miles and averaged 14.9 mph rolling. The day was longer than planned partly due to a mishap. Hugh took a tumble due to a rumble strip. Bent handle bars, torn shorts and road rash that years from now will provide a memory scar of this ride. He was very lucky it was not worse, though he'll be sore in the morning.