Depart:Stone Mountain, GA
After an unexpected extra day off due to the tropical storm, I continued on the road from Stone Mountain through Georgia’s capital, Atlanta, before making it to an amazing rail-to-trail, the Silver Comet. It was a 84 mile day, 61 of which was done on the Silver Comet trail. The trail was great, but an occasional downpour and an almost continuous drizzle throughout the day made it slightly uncomfortable, and slowed me down a bit. I should’ve made it prior to dark, I ended up having to ride an hour into the night. With rain, came slippery roads and a very slick railroad track which did all it could to try to end my ride. I rode over the tracks just as I had all the dozens before it, yet unlike the other tracks, didn’t make it to the other side on my two wheels. I believe my Facebook post that night read, “If my bicycle were a golf club, it would be bent over my knee and chunked into the woods..Good night.” With a scrapped up knee, elbow, and hand, I continued to a Holiday Inn a mile off the trail and quickly called it a night. Exhausted..
Day 2 of the leg took me to the end of the Silver Comet and the beginning of the Chief Ladiga trail. With no rain, cool weather, and a flat trail, the day was a breeze minus 2 flats. I have come to realize, to expect a perfect day when it comes to bike touring would most-likely only end up in disappointment. Just smile, pump up the damn tire, and keep on… :D The day ended withme staying with a family friend whom I had been a neighbor with as a child. He had a nice cold brew, a juicy warm steak, and a great comfy bed for me. I really appreciated all of his hep.
The next day was a 55 mile ride to a somewhat middle of the road town, where I once again used my hotel points to crash at the local holiday inn! These comfy beds are beginning to spoil me! When am I going to sleep on some hard dirt again? Meh, not really a concern, I’ll stick with the comfy beds where I can get them! A good night sleep, and back to the road!
This day was definitely a surprise… I was about 15 miles into the ride, when a terrible pain in both of my achilles had me slowed down and stopping nearly every 5 miles. With a goal of 60 miles to the next destination, I really wasn’t sure if I’d be able to finish the day. Thoughts of hitching a ride came up multiple times throughout the ride, but despite the pain I finished the day. The question came the next morning when I got out of bed with every step hurting just as much as the last. How could I finish with this much pain? Would it get worse if I continue? With a bit of research into cycling injuries, I am pretty certain I had achilles tendonitis, treatable only by rest. My goal of riding 700 miles in the next 2 weeks was not in my best interest. Fortunately for me, my hosts for the night were actually going sailing in New Orleans, LA and were able to bring me along for the ride. This allowed me to be closer to home if I chose to call it quits, and gave me a bit more time to rest.
Unfortunately, 3 more days of rest didn’t do the trick, and I made the ultimate decision to cut the ride short. 700 miles and 2 weeks short of the goal, Galveston, TX, I had to stop. While it was far from what I had wanted to do, my achilles wasn’t going to be better anytime soon, and to push the injury could’ve made things much much worse. Regardless, the ride was 4300 miles long, and took just under 4 months. It was a great experience and did a great job in spreading the word of Infinity and Beyond. Reaching Galveston was a goal, but informing 100′s of people of the non-profit and raising money was the cause, and it was a success.
Over the winter months, I will be learning more and more about how to make this non-profit a success. There are events and rides in the future, and with your participation and help, Infinity and Beyond will continue to help fund cancer research and assist patients with the costs of cancer care.
Please donate today, and help us remove cancer from the race!
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