I had a very bad day. Poor planning, plus bad circumstances. Too tired to write good text. I’ll just post the pictures, and illuminate later. Maybe you can figure out what’s going on. Note: I didn’t take a picture of all the bad stuff that happened.
EDIT: captions added 23-APR-2017
I was using printed Google Directions (for bicycling). That’s not the best way to do it. Their directions are designed for GPS, so involve a ton of little turns, and streets to watch out for. I also found that since my smart phone wasn’t activated, I could only get general maps of the area, not detailed ones. After missing the Hwy 87 bike path, I looped for an hour in San Jose, trying to find it. Finally, I asked someone at a Wendy’s how to get to Curtner, which was one of the later points on the directions. He pointed me to Monterey Rd, which I should have just stayed on all the way to Morgan Hill. But I went onto the Google recommended bike trail, instead.
a patch won’t fix that one. how did you do that? oatmeal mmmm! Good nite!
from Ubuntu 17.04, a 2.5 hour upgrade from 16.10
I had to just use my only spare tube, leaving me with zero redundancy. The jungle fix is to tie a knot in the tube around the afflicted area, and inflate to low pressure. Bumpy and perilous ride, but it might get you to the next town.
Sorry that you had such a bad start!
Hopefully this is the worst that will happen, and it will all be smooth riding from here.
Thanks, Marilyn! I was actually considering giving up, or calling in for a ride on that first day. It was supposed to be an easy day, but everything went wrong. I’m glad that people are praying for me. Each day, I seem to make it – just barely.
You’ve local friends who’re glad to head over and lend a hand — and tool s and inner tubes. I hope YOU are whole and well. You are much harder to repair!
This is sort of the shake-out ride before the actual Southern Tier begins in San Diego. It’s better that I learn the hard lessons now, instead of in the desert. It’s comforting to know that I could call in if I had to, though.
I think I’ve enabled my Android to report location. Could you show Merrianne how to track me on Google Maps? It won’t always work, because I’m going to be out of cell and internet range sometimes (like the last 2 days).
Argh! What a way to start a trip. That river running over the road looks impressively strong. Hope it didn’t wash you out! Did you have to walk it? Praying for you to have a better day today.
It’s worse than it looks. 6 feet deep on the trail in places. Impassable, so I had to go up onto surface streets. Then I got back down onto the trail, and there was another rapids across the trail in a quarter mile. But it got worse. Will write about it later.
Wow, so much adventure on just the first day! That waterfall over the road was something else.
We are thinking of you and praying with you Roderick!
Thanks, Janet. Too much adventure, if I had my druthers. I don’t think I could have made it even this far without prayers. I’m thankful that the Motel was there, for example, and not further back into town.