Day 18, Roll(er) on… #TransAmRide4TBI 7/26/17

We tried waking up early, but hour time change was too much for us, and we slept a bit later than planned. Were still on the road, a bit before we would have been normally been if we were still in same time zone as yesterday morning. 
Wind, and heat were much better than yesterday, and we started putting miles away at a good rate. The road quickly became rolling hill after another, but since wind and heat weren’t a factor, we had no problems, flying over them. And they kept coming. 

We took a number of short breaks along the way, and stopped for lunch. Other the scenery steadily rolling by the day was rather uneventful. That is until we met Evan and Charlie. 

They were on bikes headed the opposite way on highway 36, and we stopped to chat. They were riding from Maine to Seattle. We exchanged some stories and advice before parting ways.

In Phillipsberg we turned south on 183, and took it into Glade, where we turned east on rt9. This is where the fun ended. We found ourselves in a stiff headwind which we fought for next 3hrs. We went from averaging 17mph, to 10mph. It was brutal, and the rollers kept coming at us.

We finally gave it up and called it a day after 130mi. We a nice little work path that lead between a couple embankments where we thought would be a good place to camp. 

Shortly after we got there and were seeing up camp, a guy on an atv comes riding up the path. He pulls over and asks how we’re doing and if we need anything. Another guy rolls up moments behind him on another atv. The first guy, Tim, owned the land we were on. He was more than happy to let us stay there. Asked a number of times if we needed anything. 

We chatted with him, and his son in law, Dan, for a long time. Great guys and we had a wonderful conversation. They eventually left, but Tim came back a while later with some water for us, and some of his wife’s home made granola. Can’t thank him enough. Such a wonderful person (and the granola was delicious!)

After that we called it a night, and hit the sleeping bags. 

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About Douglas Sawyer, MS, ATC

I am an athletic trainer who is also a very avid athlete. My first love is running, but I also love cycling and triathlons and many other activities. I'm not a swimmer though, I just don't drown for 2.4 miles... As a athletic trainer I work with sports injuries. I currently work at a school with athletes in 7th-12th grade in a wide variety of sports. I can be found on twitter at two different names: @IronmanLongRunr - where I tweet about run, bike, tri, & more @Longrunr - where I tweet about athletic training
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