Educational Moment

Hank – The scene: Hank, the ever-faithful and loving husband, is taking on a headwind that threatens to flay the skin off his face to help Kathy ride a little easier. (Okay, it wasn’t flaying my skin but I’m setting a scene here.) Kathy is benefiting from his efforts and drafting from behind.

Hank: (slog, slog, slog, slog)

Kathy: “You can go faster if you want.”

Hank: “Easier said than done.”

Kathy: “Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were going slow because of me.”


During breakfast this morning I caught a snippet of a conversation going on behind me. One man said he could remember whatever subject they were talking about. The other said he couldn’t but that his companion was older.

“I was born in ’24,” said the elder of the two.

“I was born in ’37,” said the other.

“Well, you’re just a snot-nosed kid.”

“I know. I love it.”

Then they went on to talk about their respective WWII and Vietnam war experiences. Two veterans, a 94 year old and an 81 year old, recounting their days during breakfast in a cafe in Shoshone.

We stopped in Richfield to rest and enjoy a cold drink at the Little Wood Saloon and met Margy. She moved here from Valley Ford, CA to be near her daughters and grandchildren after her husband passed away. She told us that camping is permitted at the fairgrounds in Carey. When we arrived in town a few other locals confirmed that and one said we’d better check because it might be full by now. Not only is it not full but we have the place to ourselves. Nice.

Kathy – Okay, so I didn’t realize he was going slow because he needed to. I thought he was thinking of me, as he usually does. Hank is a great guy to help me along as I continue to get stronger. Today during our 43 miles we only had a little over 800 feet of elevation which was mainly rolling hills. It took us awhile to ride today due to the strong headwinds. The temps were in the 80’s again today, so it was a bit warm. Even though I am not a fan of the headwinds I kept a positive attitude and all was well in the end. We had dinner and settled into our sweet campsite for the night – Carey, Idaho Fairgrounds. We have the place to ourselves. Covered patio, park benches, bathrooms, water, outlets for charging electronics, and beautiful scenery about us. Life is good.

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  1. Ginny marshall May 25, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Nice wonderful day and time for sweet dreams ❤️😊


    1. Thank you Ginny. I hope you are doing well. I will try to call you sometime soon so we can catch up. I love you! ❤️❤️❤️


  2. As I follow your path and read everything of your journey it put’s my mind in a wonderland of thoughts. Through fairy tales of slaying the dragon (headwinds} to saving the princes (can you ride faster) never stops the determination of a powering through to the next stop.. you guys are awesome and i love reading about it. Be safe and my prayers are always with you. Sam


    1. Thanks, Sam. Next I take on the Dread Pirate Roberts. 😉


    2. Thank you Sam. We hope life is wonderful for you, Denise, and the rest of your beautiful family. Love to you all, Kathy


  3. I think some folks pay a lot of $$$ to get a facial skin peel. They need to be educated on headwinds!
    Love all your experiences.
    Aunt Janet.


    1. You may have something there Aunt Janet. 😄 Hope all is well with you and Uncle Mike. Love to you always. ❤️❤️❤️


  4. Paul and Sheila Brunton May 27, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Boy this brings back memories!. After one particularly windy day in Texas, my comment to Paul was “That wasn’t so bad.” 🤣 How we love our trail blazer men parting the winds for us! Lovin’ the blog👏


    1. That is funny Sheila! 😄 Happy you are enjoying our travels and it is bringing back good memories from your bike adventures. Hoping you are well and enjoying Spokane riding weather. 💗


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