My morning started with taking my bike for a long walk up to the road from the hotel. I didn’t want to risk dumping the bike in the snowy/icy parking lot – I’ll save dumping the bike for later in the day (lol). Not nearly as cold as the day before, but still sub-zero weather.
Just after Columbus, Ohio the snow flurries start. The roads get really wet and slippery, but nothing is accumulating, so I decide to soldier on. 45 minutes later I’m forced to pull off because I can no longer see through my windscreen. Slush is piling up on it, and my visor is fogging if I don’t keep it cracked open a touch.
At a gas station to fill up I’m debating waiting the storm out, or pressing on through. If I can get further south it should be smooth riding, and the longer I sit here eating my gas station breakfast sandwich, the more chance there is that the roads will get worse.
I swallow a few last bites, grab a few extra napkins to wipe my visor en-route, and head back out.
An hour later the roads are dry and the sun is out. I’m finally able to turn my heated clothing down a notch or two. But, somewhere along the way I’ve lost my MP3 Player which was velcro taped to my tank bag. Guess I’ll need to get a new one… bluetooth compatible this time!
So, that’s the lost… what did I find. I found that I’m smiling a lot while riding. Although I don’t really consider the ride ‘started’ until I’m in Mexico, I keep catching myself smiling as I ride along. I think the cost of the lost MP3 player is a mere pittance compared to the investment I’ve made in my soul.
850 km covered today, and I only pulled off because I didn’t want to overnight in Memphis.
Tomorrow morning I’ll ride in to have breakfast with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Sun Studio, here I come!