Start mile 5965.5 end 5997.9 Daily 32.56 Segment 183.6 Total 495.5
Route: Camden to Fordyce AR. Good breakfast at the hotel (in Camden). Just after I started, I realized that I rode about 1.25 miles with yesterday’s numbers on the bike computer (adjusted accordingly).
I had a major problem with the rear tire near today’s half way point, and had to replace both the rear tire and tube with spares. This time, I was at least able to do it in some shade. Lots of poison ivy, but it was in the shade. In paring things down for this trip, I wondered if I really needed a spare tire. I now have the answer.
This is the third time I have had a major tire problem on a trip, and the second problem with this brand of tire. I purchased the original tire, and after about 200 miles on it, had trouble with bulging on the sidewall during the 2012 MS150 (which I replaced with a gator skin at the halfway point/Saturday night stop). The tire that I had trouble with today was an exchange/replacement, and I had put less than 100 miles on it.
Several friendly people stopped at 2 of my breaks. Arkansas people are much different from those in Louisiana. I had no lunch (well ok, granola bars), stayed at the Days Inn Fordyce, dinner at “Four Dice” buffet across the street. I was starved, and ate more than I needed to.
Saddle sores are causing significant trouble. I’m pretty much done because of that, but my poor planning with my airplane connection overrules that. Well, I suppose it is a better excuse. I figured out that the blister on my right thumb yesterday is from the shifter. I didn’t realize I was shifting gears that much…
I will try to catch the bus back to Marshall tomorrow. Greyhound sells tickets from here with no hint that it is a third party bus, but the hotel clerk says that the bus at the bus stop is a small commuter bus (not full size Greyhound) that merely takes you to the Malvern bus station. Either way, tomorrow I hope to catch a ride back to Marshall TX. The forecast also calls for more big storms tomorrow, which I hope to avoid.