Nothing really happened for the first half of today. As per usual, I’ve left this far too late to write so I’ll be brief.
After about 90km, whilst taking a break, I met another couple who were also cycle touring. Matt and Casey, if you’re reading this, it was really good to meet you and I hope the rest of your trip goes well.
After setting off again the heat began to take its toll. I stopped 40 kilometres later and felt progressively worse. I managed to eat a fair bit but I still didn’t get going again for almost and hour and a half. Once I did, I felt no better and pulled in for another stop shortly after. I bought a litre of cold water and emptied it over my head. Now whether that actually solved the problem or whether the cold just gave my body a massive shock I’m not sure, but I felt much better for it.
I had a bit of a mixed ride today, I would’ve liked to make it a bit further but after last night’s difficulties, I didn’t want to risk riding past a perfectly functional room. I have had a bit of a breakthrough with the dogs though. I came up with the genius idea of squirting them in the face with water if they chase me. It actually worked on the one dog I tried it on – the stupid thing tripped over its front legs which amused me.
Anyway, this evening has been good – much better than yesterday – however I have stayed up later to follow the Tour of Flanders and my mood is rapidly deteriorating along with the amount of sleep I have ahead of me.
Despite a few struggles, and the tone of this blog, I am actually feeling good… although I’ve finished the day with my odometer (total distance) on 9998km; and that is more than a bit irritating
Distance: 100.78miles / 162.1km
Riding Time: 6:38:03
Av. Speed: 15.2mph / 24.4kph