Today I went for a 15-mile ride, the longest since I got out of the hospital. Â I rode up highway C to just past the Perry County line, and I felt like I could have kept going indefinitely.Â That is, if I’d had some food and Gatorade with me.Â There isn’t anyplace to buy any on highway C, at least until Altenburg.Â And even then I doubt there’s anything open on Sunday morning.Â In any case, I’m committed to taking this one small step at a time, so I’ll be keeping it under 20 miles a day for another week.
Meanwhile, in a display of optimism, I’ve ordered parts for my new bike.Â It’s a Surly Long Haul Trucker.Â The frame is built for touring.Â Steel alloy so it’s springy and comfortable.Â High stem so you’re more upright.Â Braze-ons to attach every conceivable kind of pannier, rack, fender, etc. and for three bottle cages.Â I plan for this to be my commuting bike as well, so it should get a lot of use pretty soon.Â I can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, I just rented a van so that our friend Dillon can drive Cabell’s stuff and cats up to Madison, then drive Sophie and her stuff from St. Paul down to here.Â I’ve loaded the van with Cabell’s stuff, all but the cats.Â They’ll go in carriers as far to the back as possible, so that Dillon can turn up the radio and ignore their pitiful cries.Â Mainly Pandora’s, that is.Â The others give up and sleep, but she can wail for eight hours straight.
And in a final upbeat note, yesterday was the first time in a month that the high temp was below 90, and today looks likely to be relatively cool as well.Â I was getting really tired of near-100 degree days.