Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Morning Update

It is Friday morning around 10:30 and we are leaving Athens Ohio. We will be entering West Virginia in 30 miles with about 400 miles to go to the finish.

It looks like we will have a strong day today, a good night and strong finish on Saturday. We have total confidence in Paul. His legs are strong, and he is dealing well with the head-neck issues. Now it is really just a matter of staying awake and we are continuing to deal with the heat intense heat and humidity. We have had a number of days in a row of this hot stuff.

Last night, we had some heavy rain that Paul had to deal with. That forced us to pull off for a while when the lighting was too close. As soon as it was safe Paul was back on the road.

Wow, Paul is such a trooper, still never a compliant, just a focus on the task at hand and all the details he loves to repeat to us. Of course, we always have everything taken care of, but he always wants to double check. That is what a good doctor does, right?

Anyway, keep us in your thoughts as we cross the Ohio River and hit the hills of West Virginia as the adventure continues. Thanks for all of your support and email messages.

Crew member John

8 comments:

Piet Levering said...

Paul and crew,

You guys are doing great. So far into the race and still looking at the bright side of things. Good luck with conquering the hills, where it hopefully will be a little cooler. Keep focussed and I'm sure that you can make this happen.

You know, Paul, one day you should come back visit me here and do a race across The Netherlands. I bet that you can do it in 1 day ;-).

Ciao, Piet

Tom Potter said...

Paul,

I'm sure you remember the John Denver song TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS.

It starts, "almost heaven, West Virginia"---I would guess John Denver wasn't a bicyclist.

Maybe it isn't Hell, but the heat and the hills must make it feel like Hell.

Watch out for that Mountain Mamma, she may try to pour some moonshine in your Starbucks coffee!

Keep up the good work. Pretty soon you'll be able to smell the salt water.

Tom P.

mike said...

FANTASTIC!!!!.....
NOW IF YOU CAN JUST STAY AHEAD OF THE ONE LADY ON YOUR ASS...WOULD BE SWEET...
MIKE N MARILYN

Linda said...

Paul!

Almost there!

Linda and I have been following your incredible race. One would have to think that if you can't support your own head that it might be time to stop. But there's no quit in you. Keep it up!

-Dom and Linda

Relentless said...

Paul: Dig deep my friend, you should be smelling the Atlantic soon. The Canadians are with you.
Stephen

Marty said...

Go Paul, You can just about smell the barn, almost see the door. Good luck in the last bunch of hills. U kan doo eeet!
Marty

cgminor said...

YAHOO Paul, your dream is getting so close now, the excitement inside must be growing, this is just way to awesome, you worked and trained hard for this dream and to be able to do this is...well it's just awesome, just like you!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy your last hours of the ride, it's almost over now,
We've been watching your progress and am very impressed.
Cheers!!!!!!!!

Gary & Cheryl Minor
got chocolate milk?????? yummy

mike said...

we are with you right to the saltchuck..we wonder if it will taste different than the pacific seawater.....GIVER PAUL...RIDE THE DAM BIKE RIGHT OVER THOSE HILLS AND INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...
mike and marilyn
PS WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING FOR A CELEBRATION?