This will be a short update mostly to let everyone know we are ok. We had a great room in Columbus and it was hard to leave. Exiting a large city by bike can be complicated- lots of navigation, which slows us down.
It was hot and it seemed like the traffic was heavy everywhere. We stopped at a Kroger’s for some supplies, and as I waited with the bikes while Lisa shopped, a lovely woman named Christine stopped to chat. She and her husband are interested in bike travel. She was familiar with the area and told us about a detour that was coming up.
We rode to Granville for lunch at a very Christian sandwich shop which had a poster referring to 400 some “days of tyranny” and asking people to vote out certain local officials. But it was convenient and the sandwiches were good.
We rode through Newark and saw depressing sights under bridges. Then we left the trail for an absolutely harrowing 19 miles in the sun, along a very busy highway with too small a shoulder and three impressive hills. I wondered if time passes faster when you are working really hard while terrified.
We made it safely and, in our exhaustion, started fretting about today’s ride to Wheeling, WV. It is about 85 miles and we are getting into hills. It is now quite hot – I can hardly remember when we were freezing.
We are ok, though. I’m writing this Saturday morning and we are about ready to begin today’s ride with resolve. Wish us well and we’ll check in at the end of the day, I hope.