Read part one if you haven’t already.
I woke sore, stiff, and cold on Sunday morning. I rolled out of the tent glad to be off of the ground. It was about 6:30am. The other guys started stirring about the same time.
The original plan was for me to make coffee and breakfast. Breakfast required Asher to get the fire going again. I was convinced by the others to skip making breakfast and concentrate on coffee.
I used Patrick’s stove and a percolator I borrowed from a co-worker to make passable (but hot!) coffee.
With everything packed, we rolled out of the campsite. We waved at the younger group on our way out. They were up, awake, and making breakfast.
The 33-degree temperatures were chilling on the fast descent down Holsclaw Hill Rd with no warm-up time. Then it was a steady slog into and through town.
We decided to eat at a buffet near my house. I fell behind everyone (except Asher who rode with my sorry slow ass). Shortly after turning on Eastern Parkway the bike started feeling “squishy”. Yep, the rear tire was going flat again.
Repairing a flat means unloading the bike. Not a big deal at the campsite, but a real pain on the side of the road. We were probably less than two miles from the restaurant, so I pumped the tire back up and continued.
After a less-than-satisfying breakfast, Patrick loaned me a CO2 cartridge that I used to re-inflate my tire and ride another mile to get home. The bike is still sitting in the living room with a flat tire.
I completely enjoyed the adventure, even with the cold, the neck issues, and the flats. I’ll eventually buy better camping equipment. I’m still not sure what direction bike changes will take. I may be limited to riding the recumbent permanently. This ride was painful. I can add an under seat rack for more carrying capacity on the ‘bent. I don’t want to do so until I know if I need to.
For now, I ride what I have and enjoy what I can.