Woo, day 45 complete! Talk about a cool number- now I have just ten more days left. That’s 2 work-weeks worth, or better yet, less than a week and a half! I can even start the countdown using just my 10 fingers. In mileage, I have just 605 miles left. Piece of cake. Okay, be silent… There might be one more mountain range in those 605 miles, somewhere, but I’ll grit my teeth some more. It’s what I do.
Departure: Springfield, OH @ 10:15am
Arrival: Kirkersville, OH @ 9:15pm
Distance: 65 miles
Weather: even cooler than yesterday
The riding today was just incredibly easy- the kind of difficulty level that’d prompt a worker to wonder why he/she was getting paid at all. Winds just pushed me all day, eastward.
My main goal, if you remember from last post, was to get to Columbus. Well, I did, then got back to business. In Columbus, I had the opportunity to meet with the brain injury association of Ohio. There, I got to meet its staff and talk about my mission and our similar goals. One thing that I think is excellent that the BIAOH is doing is how they are giving a big push to their clients to enroll and use aid provided by vocational rehab of Ohio. This is just like Pennsylvania’s OVR, which was elemental in getting back to driving and my college career, post-accident. I can’t say it enough: get as much help as possible for your loved one or yourself after a brain injury; the aid’s out there. Thanks, Suzanne, for the late lunch/early dinner and a really great overview of your experience with the BIA! Here’s a photo of Dan and I, who is a part of the BIAOH and also a fellow cyclist:
After leaving the restaurant, I took the opportunity to enjoy more of the tailwind- tacked on 20 more miles and ended in Kirkersville. I seriously made this town my stopping point because they have a nice cemetery. And my idea was not without merit- it was the calmest cemetery I’ve slept in yet! I search for cemeteries to do my stealth camping in because they’re probably the most cleanly and least-visited public lands that you can find.
Here’s the tentage:
Today, I’m veering off of route 40 at Cambridge, OH to take route 22 in a northeast direction towards Pittsburgh. I’ll do about 80 miles, fingers crossed.