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October 19, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 38: Spartanburg to Columbia SC (10/19)

Urgent, early morning Video Update:

 

PM Update:

Well, Day 38 is in the books as they say.  A fairly non-eventful ride.  Beautiful, tall pine trees in the Sumpter National Forest.  A little bit of climbing.  And some tired legs.  Yesterday’s hard push in the afternoon probably contributed–and perhaps a few evening beverages.  After lunch, I got a lesson in being dropped.  Bill and I had to give it all we had (and then some) to catch Joseph (who was tired at the start, but found his legs) and Austin.  Cycling is funny (especially in a tour like this) when it is half, hard-core cycling, and half, social riding.  Sometimes, you don’t know what is going to happen that day–actually, most days you don’t know.  We figure it out as we go.  It’s a little complicated, but bottom line is, we have managed to pull off an unique experience in that the three of us and often Bill have ridden together everyday, one way or another.  Actually, Austin and I have ridden just about every mile together so far.  I have fond memories of all the riders, but riding with these guys has been one of the best experiences in my “cycling career.”  I can’t imagine what it would have been like without them.

Pics:  Pics from Bill followed by a pic of our fun Trek Travel guides/mechanic/chefs/shrinks/etc: Dave, Marquette, Tara, and Karl.  (Karl loves the girly-drinks–and the ladies who serve them.)

rest stoplunch-preparations-in-the-trek-trailer rocky river broad-river-canal-and-bike-path ourguides Karl

By the numbers:  103 miles, 5:42:52 riding time, 3,780 feet of climbing, 18.0 mph average; Totals so far: 3,135.4 miles and 119,719 feet of climbing.

Next stop:  Summerville SC, 108.5 miles away

Helmet-cam: Where There’s No Van–Pee Where You Can; Beautiful Pine Trees; Bike Path into Town

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  1. Rabbi Charlie / Oct 19 2010 11:15 pm

    Jeff – I’m getting you in the eletter, finally. It’ll be there tomorrow/today! My apologies for not getting you there sooner. I hope my explanations are ok. So proud of you for all that you’ve done so far and I can’t wait to hear about your final stages. I’ve been thinking about you a lot. Chazak v’amatz! Be strong and resolute! And don’t forget to enjoy these last few days on the road! L’shalom, Rabbi Charlie

    • jslipschultz / Oct 20 2010 5:29 am

      Thanks, Rabbi. And no worries–this is the perfect time to share with all. Be sure to mention the link to Livestrong, if appropriate. See you soon!

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