Sunday, May 9, 2010

Milan, Tennessee

After an early battle with traffic and stop lights to get out of Memphis and construction during the middle portion of the ride the cyclists finished the 93 miles for the day on a quiet section of highway as we all pulled into yet another Baptist church on the outskirts of Milan.  We finally started to get back into some rolling hills after being mostly flat through Eastern Texas and Arkansas so the legs took a little while to adjust before falling back into their natural rhythm for the rest of the day.  After the long mileage coming into Memphis and then the crazy day off it felt good to get back into the routine of the ride again.  The heat was definitely turned up for another day, approaching 90 degrees as we hit town.  The church was a surprise stop as the place we were supposed to stay in Humboldt, just 13 miles away had to cancel due to flooding issues something. Water in places it’s not supposed to be is something we have started to know notice along side the road more and more often the closer we get to Nashville which has dealt with some of the worst of it.  .  The church we were supposed to stay with in Humboldt still brought dinner in for us, which was just another amazing display of generosity on this trip. The rest of the evening was spent prepping for our big appearance in the Western Tennessee Strawberry Festival parade on Friday morning.  No Chain!

Water where is supposed to be.

Water where it's not supposed to be.

Don't worry Katie and Jody checked the integrity of all the bridges for the other riders.

I wonder how this church really feels.

Parade prepping.

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