Day 24, Homecoming #TransAmRide4TBI 8/1/17

Morning came, and after a quick breakfast we were back on the road. Both of us were feeling better after having had a shower, a good night’s sleep in a bed, and clean clothes. Amazing how simple things we take for granted can be so important when we don’t get them. 
We were riding much better today due to the better spirits. It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful day. Forecast didn’t look like it was going to stay that way, but we had another hotel waiting for us in Indiana, thanks to my friend Mark. Plan was for him and another friend of mine, Michael (they’re brothers) to meet us in Lafayette, IN. Gave us, at least me, an extra incentive to put the miles behind us.

Jr was in such good spirits he spent most of the early part of the ride working on an idea for a video for his charity and followers. I think the sun got to him and he started heading the corn talking to him, but evidently the video was pretty popular.

As the day progressed the forecast started closing in on us. Each mile closer we got to Indiana, the closer the storms slowly got to us. Got to the point where we just seemed be narrowly riding between them. Never quite riding into them but never fully getting away from them either. 

About 10 miles from reaching the state line, a car pulled over in front of us and a woman got out. Out was obvious she wad trying to get our attention so we pulled over. 

Mickey was a cyclist too with a dream of riding coast to coast someday herself. She saw us and my signs and knew we were riding for a cause and wanted to make a donation. We chatted with her for a while, before she had to leave for her next appointment as a hone therapist. Wonderful lady. 

We continued on, and about 40 minutes later we reached the IL/IN state line. I was back home again in Indiana. I don’t miss living there, but there was still something that got me deep down inside crossing that state line. It will never be home to me again, but yet it is still home.

We took some quick pics, and ride on. The rain was closing in quickly at this point and we needed to get moving. We’d been lucky with it so far, and wanted to keep ahead of it. 

Unfortunately we didn’t make it much further before it finally got us. Iron came down pretty heavily for a while and we started arrying lightning around us. Rain was one thing, but lightning was not good. Unfortunately we didn’t any option but to ride on. 

We did get away from the storms fairly quick, but light rain followed us the rest of the way to our hotel. As we rolled into Lafayette, IN, and were just a few mikes from the hotel, a woman pulled alongside of me. She rolled down her window and asked if we were from the area and offered us her house, which was nearby,  to get out of the rain and dry off for a while. I thanked her, but declined her offer explain we only had a couple miles to our hotel. Another wonderful lady, and another gesture of kindness. 

A few minutes later  we arrived at the hotel. We checked in and had a drink while waiting for Michael to join us. Unfortunately, by that time we had learned Mark want going to be able to make it due to work. 

Once Michael arrived we had a couple more drinks. Then we took quick showers and headed out for dinner and more drinks. Made for a great evening. Mark despite not making it, picked up our hotel, and Michael took care of our dinner and drinks (they had prearranged the split).

Jr sensibly went to back to the hotel before Michael and I. The two ood us stayed out a bit longer catching up. Eventually though I ran out of steam and called it a night. It was a good end to a good day of riding. 

#TransAmRide4TBI 3600mi for #TraumaticBrainInjury #TBI please help and make a donation. All money goes to charity.


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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