Bit of good. Bit of not quite so good today.
Cranked out 28 miles in a bit more than an hour and a half. Cruising at good speed. That’s the good.
Then the not quite so good…flat rear tire! Nail went right through tire and punctured tube. Hadn’t seen a flat since Dennis had on day one.
This would be my first time changing a flat. Hadn’t even practiced. Shocker, right?!! Back is the worst because lots of maneuvering around gears and derailer. It had been recommended that I practice taking the rear tire off and back on. I didn’t.
My mechanical aptitude on a scale of 1-10 is less than one. The new back tire is 2mm wider than original. Will the tube even work? Maybe I can hitch a ride to a bike shop in Tallahassee. Tried that for 10 minutes. No response.
OK, I’m going to have to do this so I watched a YouTube video!! It was a struggle but I got the wheel off.
Had replacement tube and after a bit I got the new tube and tire back on the rim. Now I just had to get tire back on.
That was also a struggle but I finally got it on. Yeah, me! Totally astonished that I was able to do it. Even got my hands greasy. That hasn’t happened in a long time.
Pretty proud of myself. It was frustrating but didn’t have any options. I was only wishing I had someone else to test it out! Wee bit scary for a few miles. Waiting for wheel to fly off or something.
Fixing the flat took me an hour and a half. Very draining physically. Too much squatting on bended knees. The remaining 22 miles were kind of tough.
Went through a good portion of Florida State University campus. Know there’s a few U of Florida fans that don’t want to here this but…it is very nice.
Tallahassee has a crazy number of hills. I need to get back to the coast.
Heading to Gainesville (home of the Florida Gators) next. Couple days away.
Hoping to make A1A and the beach on Thursday.