100 Miles - Century Ride To Central Georgia; Highway 341 To Fort Valley, GA and Perry, GA - April 2, 2011
Caution: Dirt bikes?! :)
I was up especially early, as the weather today and
tomorrow would be sunny and beautiful. Today's high would reach the low 80s.
And would you believe it? There was a northwesterly wind!
For much of today's bike ride, I had a tailwind. :)
37 miles brought me to Griffin. From here, I turned south toward Barnesville.
Traveling south on Highway 7 near Griffin.
Rest break in Barnesville. 52 miles so far.
Another mix: Did you know mixing yellow and light blue Powerade give you a teal green drink? :)
Leaving Barnesville, I was very confident Fort Valley, the next town with lodging,
was a reachable goal. The wind was at my back, the weather was warm and inviting, and the roads were relaxed.
I biked on Highway 341 toward Roberta. This road would take me all the way to Brunswick,
just miles from the beach!
I cruised nicely. The scenery was pretty. The land flattened. The wind was friendly.
The shoulder was smooth and clean. Everything was going my way! :)
The Crawford County line.
The Peach County line.
Fort Valley, Georgia
At Fort Valley, I gave myself a "thumbs up" at a major traffic intersection.
At a Subway, I opened my paper map of Georgia.
The red star is Fort Valley. Yes sir, I was in central Georgia now. The end was near! :)
90 miles so far. Ten more miles to Perry.
As I approached Interstate 75 in Perry, I noticed a
number of motels and knew this was the day's end. My odometer read 99 miles,
and to top off my mileage at 100, I casually biked in circles in a nearby cemetery.
There's something about cemeteries that awakens me. Perhaps its the fact that the grave is the fate of all of humanity.
"Live life to the fullest," they say. Well today, I felt so grateful and humbled to be on the verge
of successfully biking across America for the second time in my life.
I'm no expert on what it takes to bicycle across America. I know having money and
time (at the same time) is a key component, but after that, I'm not sure.
If I had advice, I'd say you must have drive. You've got to want it. It's got to be something
you want so badly that you're willing to take risks, look like a fool,
or seem "irresponsible" to the so-called "responsbile."
Life's too short to sit on the sidelines. Your dreams won't fall in your lap while you wait passively.
Sometimes you need to bust out and grab things by the throat to make it happen. Other times, the answer might be as subtle as
admitting your fears and asking someone for help.
If you're reading this and
desire to do a long-distance bike tour, I want to encourage you that I've done it twice, and there's
nothing special about me. You certainly can do it. Best wishes, Steve
Apparently the cost of living in Perry is low,
because I stayed at a higher-end inn at a reasonble rate. They served a hot breakfast,
offered a pool, hot tub and a business center with a computer with Internet access.
100 miles. My third century ride on the journey.
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INVITATION: Please read my book about my first trip in 2008. :)