David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
10/12  O Windy Day; O Windy, Windy Day
10/12  Illinois Beach State Park (South)
10/13  Evanston, IL
10/16  Left on Halsted and straight for a couple days
10/16  No peace from barking dogs.
10/17  No peace from barking dogs.
10/18  Little ants. Big Earth.
10/18  Cold, sore, sun burned and lonely.
10/19  Evansville -- what a hole.
10/19  And that's why I drive a Multitrack
10/20  Concern for my life on the Bridge O Death
10/20  Hang it, I'm not broke.
10/21  Who's idea was it to come THIS WAY?
10/21  A couple of notes.
10/22  So Lawng Kentucky
10/23  The difference between a hill and a mountain
10/23  Highway 68 is awesome
10/24  Way down yonder 'round the Chattahoochee
10/25  And I thought Chicago was tough.
10/27  I'm not so tough
11/01  Still in Atlanta
11/03  FINALLY leaving Atlanta
11/03  "A Pilgrim," he called me
11/04  A new contestant
11/05  A whole new country
11/06  Trailers West
11/06  Did somebody order pine trees?
11/07  Deep Blue Chevron Station
11/08  I think I goof off too much
11/10  Sea Roaches, Oil Rigs and Casinos
11/11  Hot time in the bayou
11/12  Running on one cylinder
11/12  The adventures of Broken-Knee
11/13  Way to go, Brown!
11/13  Thank God for Advil and Bungie Cords
11/14  Kids in the streets with guns
11/15  I can see cows for miles and miles
11/16  Pleasantly surprised
11/18  Not much to report
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Highway 68 is awesome

1999-10-23

For those of you keeping track, here is the route I took today: I started from right on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee. I followed 127 all the way to Homestead, TN, which is south of Crossville. Now 127 is a great ride, albieit strenuous, all the way down to Jamestown. After that it gets a bit ratty, although it still has its good portions. From Homestead I followed 68 southwest. Now this road is a treat. It is lightly trafficed, has wide, smooth margins, and brought me through some awesome country. Part of it travels through a prairie/valley completely surrounded by mountains. Then I climbed out of the valley (not too tough) and ended with a four mile downhill (steep) along the side of a mountain into Spring City. One note: 68 would have been MURDER going from south to north. I am now camped between Spring City and Wolf Creek on Highway 27. According to my map I traveled over 80 miles again today.

To make it into Atlanta by Monday night I'll have to do slightly better than 80 miles per day, although I'm still not sure what part of Atlanta I'm going to, and Atlanta is a big place.

It was cool today. I don't think the temperature ever broke 50. But that was okay for biking through the hills and mountains because I couldn't go fast upward anyway and the air kept me cool, and when going downward the cool air kept me from moving too fast, which I would have otherwise had to rely on my brakes for. I would have loved the chance to take a couple of the slopes I was on today at full speed, but I'm not about to do that pulling a trailer, because if that trailer got out of balance at too high a speed I'd quickly be wrapped around a tree at the edge of the road, and that would be bad.

I saw something today that was very sad to me: In many places some type of alien (as in from another country / environment) vine had completely conquered areas of woodland. It would cover everything from the ground to the tallest trees. I assume eventually it kills what's under it because its leaves block most of the light.

I have a lot of lively critters outside again tonigh, and it seems like there's a mouse underneath my tent. I'll be bugged if it chews through the tarp.
 
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