I made the mistake of washing clothes just before dark last night, and found them still soaking wet this morning. So we took our time to give things a chance to dry out in the early morning sun.
It’s apparent that we’ve left the Lake Erie region, as we climbed for the first few miles of the day. Once it leveled out, we found farmland and empty roads with a cool morning breeze.
Lunch was had in Diamond Park in Meadville, PA. Another kind stranger, Ray, paid for our lunch at a local sandwich shop (“The Whole Darn Thing”) with the suggestion that we pay it forward.
This afternoon we suffered through a detour which was at least five miles long and got us only a mile further along the route. We made a pit stop during the detour for a long dog and ice cream to lift fading spirits. Afterwards, it looked like rain but luckily it was a bluff.
Trip stats, to date (Day 18)
- Girard, PA to Mercer, PA
- Daily mileage: 79.1mi; Trip total to date: 1,024mi
- Daily riding time: 6hr 27min; Trip total time: 84hr 55min
- Daily ascent: 3,583ft; Trip total ascent: 42,389ft
- Flat tires: Rachel – 1; Chris – 0