The only hiccup was at about mile 20 I came across some road construction that required one lane traffic with a pilot car. I asked the pilot driver, Kathleen, how they handle bicycles and she said, “your in luck, we give you a ride and place your bike in the bed of the truck.” I was hesitant to get a ride because my goal is to pedal the entire route. “Sorry, it’s safety protocol.” So in I went and rode in the pilot car for 2.5 miles. It was pretty cool. A feeling of power leading 20 cars. Kind of like a pace car in the Indy 500. During some small talk during the 2.5 miles, Kathleen told me that there was a big car show in Dayton (The All Wheels Weekend). Hmmmm
I made it to Dayton by 10:15 am and figured that was way too early to stop but we HAD to stay the night and enjoy the old classic cars. So I road another 15 miles toward Lewiston and we drove pack to Dayton so we could partake in the festivities. This will give me a head start tomorrow and make the day that much easier. While I was riding the final 15 I could not help but think about the ride in the pilot car and how I did not pedal those 2.5 miles. I can just hear Shannon and Skip again “Winks should not have ridden with Kathleen, the ride is not legit.” So I told Cheryl I have to go back and pedal those 2.5 miles once the construction is done. She thinks I'm an idiot but Cheryl is the best teammate so we did and I am happy to say the continuous route is still intact!I have a soft spot for 50s and 60s cars and boy is this the place to be for that. All the owners drive there cars up and down main street revving the engines reliving the glory days. The owners periodically park to stand by their works of art and talk to passersby. I enjoy learning the history and the shear pride and enjoyment they show as they tell their unique stories. One especially interesting man was Gary. He was showing an original 32 Ford with the first production V8 engine that he has owned since he was a teenager. He lives in Texas but grew up in Dayton and comes back every year to the All Wheels Weekend. It’s evenings like this which remind me why I’m riding my bike across the country with a sore butt. Taking the time to smell the roses throughout this great country.
A great evening strolling up and down eating at the local pizza place (Chief Springs) watching the cars
It's on to Lewiston tomorrow. Forecast is for clear skies and hot (90 degrees). I want to get there early enough to watch Game 7 of the Nets/Bucks!