What a week! This was my first multi-day tour and one I'll never forget. Louis and I met shortly before boarding the buses that would take us from Conneaut, OH to Edon, OH which was the starting point of the tour. We rode different buses but were able to get together after arriving at our starting point and a short ride into Indiana for the first of our "road pop" breaks after riding.
The first day was dubbed the Succotash ride. It was 66 miles through the bean and corn fields of NW Ohio with those headwinds out of the NNE that would stay with us for several days. I also consider this my birthday ride even though it was 6 months late. I seldom get to ride it in January.
Day 2 we finally hit civilization as we traveled through Toledo on our way to Marblehead. This was our first chance to see some of the lighthouses and museums and the scenery was a welcome change from the flat farmland. Here's the group at lunch.
Day 3 we finally had some tailwinds as we headed west from Marblehead toward Fremont. We stopped at a bike shop in Fremont where I found water cages that match the lettering on my bike. The bike shop guy guarantees me I'll get at least anothe mph with these cages Later in the day we stopped at a drug store so I could buy some BenGay and a bandage to wrap my right shin as I felt like I had a minor muscle pull in that area
I awoke on day 4 to a red swollen right shin. One of the members of our club is a physican and he was on the tour so they asked him to take a look at my leg. Well....his diagnosis after examining it was "Oh, ****....you need to get to an emergency room". He thought it was cellulitis and the emergency room doctor made the same diagnosis. He made me promise I wouldn't ride the riest of the week, get my prescriptions filled immediately and seek additional medical attention if it didn't get better in 48 hours. I spent the rest of the tour riding SAG with my friend's husband, taking medication and hobbling around on a cane I managed to see the remaining lighthouses and museums from the van instead of on my bike as planned. Hopefully the leg will be healed for my next tour coming up this Saturday.
Louis and I did manage to get 3 days of riding together. He rode the rest of the tour with my friends and I joined them for dinner. It really helped to have someone pull me through those headwinds....thanks Louis.