I think I’ve made more rest stops today than ever before. One of the other items I bought at the bike shop in Lakeland was new handle bar grips. After few hours of riding, the heels of my hands get very achy and I have to continuously reposition them to make them more comfortable. The new grips aren’t much better but are made of hard rubber. I’ll have to look for something that my hands can sink into and distribute the weight better across my hands.
A bug flew between my sunglasses and my face today. It scared the holy bejeebies out of me. Luckily I wasn’t going too fast and had some room to play with because I did some swerving around trying not to panic or close my eyes too long. I don’t know what kind of bug it was but the sensation of him buzzing on my eye was… electrifying, to say the least. I’m just glad it didn’t have a stinger!
I had to do some real gearing down to tackle some of the inclines with bridges. My speed drops down to about 3-5 MPH and my feet are moving pretty fast. Mentally you just have to sit back and read a book and keep the pedals moving. It gets tempting to just get off and walk it up to the top but somehow it feels like I would be cheating. Just tough it out and cowboy up, I tell myself.
I stopped at a Subway to eat lunch and cool off. When I walked in the first thing I wanted to do was wash my face and hands. One of the employees was moping the floor and had the corridor to the restroom blocked with a bucket and a broom. Just as I tried to duck under the broom handle he came darting out of the kitchen area to stop me. Apparently someone had spilled a soft drink and he didn’t want me to get stuck to the floor, or something. I didn’t really care about getting stuck or slipping or creating footprints on his freshly moped floor. I just wanted to mop my face! I tried to make a move to go in again and he stopped me once more. Then a female employee joined in with him to try and sell me on the idea that I couldn’t walk on his floor.
I said “OK, I’ll just order my sandwich and go in later.” He was pleased. I gave him my order, which took about 3 minutes, and waited for him to turn his back to start making it. When he did, I turned around and ducked under the broom and went into the restroom.
I went right to the sink and looked at my overly tan face in the mirror and then splashed some cool water on it. What a great feeling!
When I was done and drying my face I glanced at the toilet and saw what was probably the
real reason why he didn’t want anyone in the restroom. YUCK! I think I just lost my appetite.
When I came back out I ducked back under the broom and was met with an almost glaring look from the female. “I think someone left you present in there,” I said to her in a matter-of-fact way. She gave a half hearted smile and I got my sandwich, chocolate milk and chips and enjoyed my lunch as best I could.