I had a fairly relaxed day today – and managed to sleep past 06.30 for the first time in a while! Yesterday’s ride on a dodgy bike must have tired me out.
After breakfast in the motel, I spent a lot of the day at the bike shop – just talking to the guys there. They were pretty busy – it’s a small shop, and they had a lot of customers to deal with. The upshot of that is that my bike won’t be finished until tomorrow, but as I said to them, I don’t mind how long it takes just as long as my bike gets fixed, and stays in working condition for a while! The owner – Roger – was a mechanic for Danny Chew – who won the ‘Race Across America’ twice in 1996, and 1999. So he knows what he’s talking about – a lot of the local guys I talked today are pretty confident in him, so hopefully he’ll get the job done.
I was just about to leave the shop and go back to the motel, when I got talking to Todd, a local cyclist, who invited me out for supper. We went to a local Italian place, where we met a friend of Todd’s – Hermann. It was great talking to those guys – one of the hardest aspects of the trip is how lonely it can be at times. The food was great, and made a really nice change from the fast food diet I’ve been on lately.
Hopefully the repairs on my bike will be fixed tomorrow, and I can get back on the road on Saturday.