What are the odds that a tropical storm would happen during our summer tour? Add to the odds that the path of the storm would follow our exact route north.
I guess you could say that after ten years it was bound to happen. On Saturday July 13, for the first time ever we had to end a tour due to inclement weather. As you can see in the illustration the path of the storm followed us all the way to St. Louis.
We started the day knowing that we had a five hour window to get in some good cycling. After the Natchez Trace Parkway we looking to recreate another beautiful day of riding. Everyone was finally in sync! The snack/water breaks were ending on time and the lunch stops went perfectly. The night before a few of the cyclists even accepted the challenge of a 100 mile day to get to Greenville, MS. But it just wasn't in the clouds, I mean, cards.
The day started off great with voluminous cumulus clouds and blue skies. The temperature was a nice and easy 78 degrees. There was forecasted a 5-6 hour window of time before any rain would be on us. The teens were riding strong and everyone was in the groove of cycling. We were six miles before our 20 mile break when it happened.
I'm not sure who designed it and when but this bridge crossing was built they definitely were not thinking of cyclists. There were four bridge-length grooves carved in the direction of the road. Not perpendicular to the bridge. That's where William's thin wheels dug in. He maintained his balance and rode that groove 85% of the way before trying to exit and losing control. In her attempt to avoid William, Erika also hit one of the other grooves and went down even harder. It's never pleasant to witness a bicycle crash.
Camper support has been provided by Triangle Community Foundation’s Send A Kid To Camp™ Program.