Day 45 New Hope to Washington, MO 58 Miles (2790 total miles)

I’m starting to realize that it’s going to be hilly until I get down to Mobile, AL. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I know FL is flat.

For all the ups and downs, it amazes me that virtually every day the change in elevation is usually pretty negligible. Descended 23 feet overall today. 2818 feet up. 2841 feet down. One big ascent at beginning and a big descent near end.

I set my personal speed record today 45.4 mph. That’s probably fast enough. Gerty is a very stable ride. You just don’t want to hit a pot hole. That would hurt.

I go low 30’s a few times every day. That’s pretty comfortable. I’ll only let Gerty take off when straight road with no traffic so I can get in smooth part of lane. Hills like below, I rein her in. Too rough. Bumps are painful when you’re going fast.

It’s gotten pretty hot (low 90’s) and humid last few days. Got to ride on a bike path for about 5 miles late in day. Shade was great.

Passed the world headquarters of KRAP Sports Radio. How do they sell advertising? Advertise your crap on KRAP? But…it obviously caught my attention!

Crossed the Missouri River near Washington. Last time I crossed it was in Bismarck, ND. River was flowing pretty good here. Much faster than Mississippi which it will join about 50 miles from here.

Tomorrow is going to be hot. 95. I’ll just assume humid. Thursday is a couple degrees hotter. I can handle low 90’s in the humidity. Upper 90’s might be tough.

Cools a bit after that. Just need to get through next 2 days.

Ride on.

Just Pete

10 thoughts on “Day 45 New Hope to Washington, MO 58 Miles (2790 total miles)

  1. You know Jeff in the world of sports there are so many motivational statements that tempt us to repeat. “When the going gets tough. The tough get going”
    “When you have given all you’ve got just give a little more”!!
    On and on and on.
    The person in the arena is the only one who truly understands the challenges they face and so to you my friend “covered by dust and sweat and sometimes giving a little of your own blood” My greatest respect for your daily experience of facing a new day and getting a little closer to the finish line. I guess as Nike says so well “Just DO IT”!!!!!
    Go get em!!!

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  2. I do not like to rhink of you riding in such hot temperatures and humid besides. Maybe don’t ride ao many miles. Temps. are to be in the 100s today here. We are going to the lake after the funeral and come back on Sunday. Will be thinking of you as we always do and pray for your safety and health. Love you, Mom

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  3. The heat and humidity can certainly take their toll on this adventure! I guess at least it’s not wet and slippery. Your bike speed seems pretty phenomenal Jeff and Gerty 🚴.
    We’re proud of you for sure!
    Ride on.

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  4. Where will you cross over into Illinois from Missouri? You do not want to go through downtown St. Louis to cross over to east St. Louis!!!!!!! They will kill you!!!

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  5. I do not like to rhink of you riding in such hot temperatures and humid besides. Maybe don’t ride ao many miles. Temps. are to be in the 100s today here. We are going to the lake after the funeral and come back on Sunday. Will be thinking of you as we always do and pray for your safety and health. Love you, Momr

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  6. You’re riding in very pretty country. Ooooh, that 2-lane road with no shoulder is scary. You’re doing so awesome and getting closer to your destination every day. You and Gerty are really getting those speeds up! Wow! Ride on and be safe!

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  7. You’re doing great! I hope the weather holds for you and doesn’t get too much hotter…drink your fluids, eat a lot of pickles! Take a lot of breaks… Be safe!

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