This summer I'll be retracing the last 3 weeks of the Coast to Coast ride in 2002. I had a fantastic time in 2002 and expect the same this year as well. Below are daily collections of my experiences with photos. Hope you enjoy reading the blog. - Brian Cox

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Week 1, Day 6 (Aug 4):

Today was a cruiser ride and final ride of the week. Many of the riders will be leaving after today's ride and new riders the new riders will join us. We'll miss many of our new biking buddies.

We departed from breakfast at about 7:30 following a filling breakfast of sausage, eggs and fruit. Much of the ride followed a road along the lake. We really enjoyed the ride as it twisted and turned along the water. Edgard and Mike joined our little group and we traded turns at the head of the line. I figure that we were traveling at 16-17 MPH. We hit the 22 mile water stop by 9AM, filled up with water then headed on looking for coffee.

Fourteen miles down the road we found what we were looking for in the town of Dunville. We stopped at Bakery / Coffee shop that was packed with the Saturday morning crowd. I some of use had the cranberry lemon muffins and Jim and Mike had the artery clogging Cheddar Butter Buns. Did I mention that Jim is a doctor?

A quick 12 miles further, we were at the lunch stop. I needed to change my rear inner tube, because of slow leak. As always, the lunch was just what we needed to keep going.

It was only 22 miles to the end of the ride, but the day was starting to heat up and the air was muggy. Often we were just covered drenching in sweat as we rode along. There really is something weird about us I'm sure.

We did have a goal in mind. In 2002, when we traveled coast to coast, we stumbled across a biker bar called "knuckleheads". We wanted to see if it still existed and have a cool one before riding the final 10 miles to the end. We found the bar. It's name had changed to "Tricky Mickey's" , but it was nice to get out of the out of the heat and enjoy a draft.

Happy Trails,

Brian

Distance: 71 miles
Time: 4 hours and 38 Minutes
513 miles since the beginning of the trip
867 feet climbed




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