Day 8 (Monday)
So what happened on Monday ?
Well, it was my first day back a the office after riding in the national rally. In the morning I had a doctors appointment to finally cure this “ear” problem I’ve had for a while now and then in the afternoon, I had to go down to Coventry to meet with a client to go through some tax papers.
Sonia had a busy day too – gym in the morning, spa in the afternoon. Lol !!
It was the first day of Wimbledon and the defending champion, Andy Murray successfully negotiated the first round.
Yesterday evening, I started booking hotels and ferries for my next trip.
What else happened ? Oh yeah, over in the USA, the IBR continued …….
So first things first, Robert sent this message :
“No, I will NOT buy a Triumph !!!”
Mmmmmm …… Lol !!
So, whilst I was at the doctors, Robert rode the “Tail of the Dragon” road again, bringing him lots of points. He is beginning to tire now after 8 days on the road and he was not really awake for the first three hours so rode nice and slowly.
He went eastwards through Tennessee and made a detour through the mountains to bag a big bonus, but that included 8 miles of gravel road – not welcome when you’re tired.
Of course, he had the usual issues with the bike – and it’s now becoming more frequent. As soon as the fuel becomes too low in the main tank and the pump has to “work hard”, the problem returns. The “useable” range of the bike before top-up fuel is now needed is down to 100km (60 miles). He then adds fuel from the auxilliary tank and off he goes again.
He discovered a new “string” of five points on the road, adding more points to the route but it has become very hot again as the USA heat wave moved north. He is slowly “cooking” ……. I wonder what a “Medium Rare Bavarian” actually looks like ?
On the positive side, he doesn’t have to keep stopping to put his thermals on !!!!
It’s around 2.00 p.m. when the bad heat starts and that just slows him down so he stopped for his rest break earlier than expected in Harrisburg
Tomorrow, early in the morning, he will tackle New York (city) before moving north east into New York state.
The extra couple of hours rest time has given Robert the ability to check his planning to ensure no last minute mistakes. He has less than 3 days riding ahead of him. He is nearly there ……
Tomorrow (Tuesday), he has one time restricted bonus to ensure he makes and then he begins to head for the finish and the “Holy Grail” of that three digit membership number …..