We left the Heritage Church early in the morning to get some mileage in before lunch. We're just trying to get ourselves on a better daily schedule. Unfortunately our plan to get lots of mileage in didn't work out as I noticed I had a slow leak on my front tire. No big deal in terms of replacing the tube but look at the size of the gash it left in my tire. Apparently a rock was lodged in the tire threads :-(
Throughout our ride, we had a few songs in our head (still fresh from the Rock and Roll Museum). Given our Bible study last night, I had George Harrison's My Sweet Lord in my head.
My sweet lord
Hm, my lord
Hm, my lord
I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you lord
But it takes so long, my lord
At our grocery store breakfast, Dave noticed in a U.S.A. Today newspaper that Tom Petty put out his something teen album. So, his I Won't Back Down song got in our head. Not sure our Bible study likes the mention of hell but anyhow...
Well I wont back down, no I wont back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I wont back down
Uncomfortable with this gash, we found a bike shop - Cycle Werks - where they did a tire boot for me. You know how we learn to put a dollar bill or Fed Ex envelope or even a Clif Bar wrapper between the tire and tube if the gash in your tire is big enough where you can see sunlight through it? The bikeshop guy did a super duper boot by putting in 3 layers of tubes between my real tube and my tire. Right now, I can't see any light in my tire, but should it get bigger, I'm ready. Given my gash, I have to check my tire more often to make sure the hole is not getting bigger. Sucks if it does since the tire is brand new. Not really in the mood to replace the tire so soon.
We continued to seek more shelter from the afternoon sun by ducking in the public library. Finally at 4:00pm, we headed out again for an additional 30 miles. Strange sign we saw in an RV park (where we saw a nice lake). Don't know why anyone would have a Mule Xing sign. I've seen Golden Retriever Xing sings and the like before, but why mule?
Can I tell you how hard the last 10 miles were today? I was beat. Before we arrived at our destination city, Napoleon, Ohio, we passed by a Campbell Soup plant. Is this where Campbell Soup is headquartered?
At dinner (bar-type place), Dave saw some fire fighters and asked them if we could crash at the firehouse. A Deputy from the Sheriff's office was at the table and said that it probably would be okay. When that table left, the Deputy came over and gave us his business card. They also told us that they picked up our dinner tab. That's two picked up meal tabs so far - so generous are these Ohio-ans.
Armed with the Deputy's business card, we went to the firehouse where I name-dropped trying to stay at the firehouse. They would have none of that. I forget what excuse they gave, but one of them was the fact that I was a woman and the place was just dudes.
Oh well. The deputy had also mentioned the city fairgrounds where we could camp. Also, he told us of a truck stop where you can get a shower. We attempted to find the truck stop but it was dark and bugs were flying into our faces and mouths as we were riding. I couldn't take it anymore and insisted on a motel. No problem. A little more riding and we got our motel (technically a hotel since the door to our room did not open to the parking lot). Woo hoo - we're moving on up...