|Repairs on the road|
We left early again today, we made it through Johnnssity, and somewhere around when we thought it was time to find something to eat for lunch, Roger pulled the bike up and said, "We broke a cable." We were fortunate that we weren't far from a lunch stop. It was the back cable that went, leaving us in the small cog, but we were able to get up the last hill and into the Wendy's, where he replaced the cable and got everything working again. While the packs were off the bike, he got a good look at the back tire, and determined it was time to replace it, so he took care of that also. Good thing we carry spares, as there was no bike shop in the area until Newport, still some thirty miles away. And good thing that Roger is able to make these repairs on the road!
So we didn't get in as early as we'd planned, given the extra-long lunch and repair break, but we did find a Best Western in the shadow of the Cracker Barrel, and that is where I am about to lay my head for the night.
By the way, we started the day in Elizabethton, where we made a little detour to ride through the covered bridge.
|Sunlight on the cliffs|
|Early morning scene|
|This road was great! Lightly traveled, and not so steep all the time!|
The day's report: Elizabethton to Newport, 73.9 miles/6250 to date.
Several long days lately - we have gone 213 miles in the past three days, with 10K feet of climbing. I am ready for an easier day!
Here's the route for today