Day 29, Apr 29
I passed through three states today: Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia! They had some common traits: dangerous hilly roads, stray dogs, and few services.
I had a very nice night of camping in the back yard of Woody’s Bicycles. Woody was a wonderful host, offering me a shower, facilities, campground… and even a hat!
Before taking off today, I was forced to replace my rear tire/tube, as it had a slow leak– it was worn out in multiple spots and had a piece of yellow glass in it.
It was a beautiful 29 miles of riding out of Sewanee and into the valley. Then, I faced two steep mountain passes (8% grade).
I crossed into Alabama between Sherwood TN and Stevenson AL. I took in some beautful views. It was an amazing pass over the Tennessee River. I took shelter from the storms in a shed alongside a gas station in Hammondville, AL. My sag team (Jane) arrived very late. I decided to take her to Rome… Georgia, that is!
Interesting scenes: bees surrounding a dead carcus on the highway, armadillos (dead and alive) prevailing, and of course… chasing dogs.
Statistics: 55.4 mi, Max 42 mph, Time 4:59, Avg 11.1 mph