A couple of general matters unrelated to the day:
1. I have now paid my dues. 1500 miles of the West. Done. If you haven't done so yet, would you please take a look at the Fundraising Page and consider contributing to one (or both!) of the charities I am making this ride for? Steve and Carol Montgomery are good friends of mine, and Progressive Community Center (The People's Church) is doing great work on Chicago's south side. I've tried to explain both in detail. There's a contribution form you can fill in and print off. Thanks a lot. I would really like to make a financial impact for both.
2. When the computer crashed in Nevada, I lost all my address books. That means I have your email address only if you've written me after Grand Junction, Colo. I'd like to stay in touch with you. So please write (firstname.lastname@example.org), so I can get your address back.
3. For those of you who have left messages on the Message Board, I have read everything you've written, but have just not been able to respond to each of you. Thanks a lot for the encouragement, suggestions, etc. I have really gotten a kick out of reading what you've written, especially you, Pete. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with everybody.
Well, it's just plain hot down here on the Plains. It was somewhere around 100 degrees today. I have a foolproof temperature gauge: my water bottles. Since they take direct air flow, I can tell when the air temp is over 98.7 when I have to let the water cool down to my temperature before I swallow.
Loveland and Greeley are sizeable cities and about 15 miles apart; the stretch of Rte. 34 between them and east of Greeley is pretty busy.
Greeley is named after New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley ("Go west, young man"). It was originally a kind of commune. I should know more about it, but don't. If you do, why don't you put it as a message on the Message Board? We can then all be enlightened.
South Platte River, just east of Greeley
I had to ride for about ten miles on Interstate 76, the road that connects Denver with I-80. Bicycles are allowed on it; signs say so. And then you get down there and discover that there are rumble strips on the shoulder every ten yards. The rumble strips are edge to edge on the shoulder and about 6 ft. in length. You have the option of riding over them every 10 yards for 10 miles and ruining your tire, rim, spokes, or all three. Or you can ride off the shoulder into the brush every 10 yards (right!). That leaves swerving every ten yards out into the right lane of a 75 mph interstate on July 3. I was so mad I pulled into a truck weigh station and had the guy call a state trooper. I wanted a complaint on record in case something happened to me.
This is the most boneheaded arrangement I've seen yet. No thought given to the bicyclist. Incredibly dangerous. The rumble strips are there to wake up the driver who nods off for whatever reason and strays off the road. I ask you, who's more valuable to the gene pool, an intelligent, sensitive touring bicyclist or a car driver who doesn't know enough about his own condition to stay off the road?
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July! Get those flags out!!!!
U.S.A. versus Brazil, World Cup SemiFinal!!! Go U.S.!!!!!
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