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Friday, May 25, 2007

A Dilemma

Carbondale/Champaign, IL
Rest day

Today we slept in, went to Tania's ASL class, and basically rested throughout the day. I especially enjoyed playing with Tania's roommate's dogs: a playful pomeranian and a ten week-old teeny-weenie Yorkshire Terrier.

We have realized that we have come into a dilemma, so if anyone has any ideas or feedback, feel free to leave them in the comments section. We would like to complete this trip as soon as possible, for several reasons. However, Dana's family would like us to visit and stay with them for several days. So tonight, we'll be doing some discussing to see how soon we can get back on the road while still spending a sufficient amount of time with them. Don't get me wrong, we'd love to spend weeks with our families, yet we also want to finish our goal in due time. Perhaps in exchange for more time with the family, one of them will drive us ahead so that we aren't so far behind. We'll let you know what we decide on.

Since we don't have much to share for today, I'll share some of our favorite questions that people ask us, as well as the answers.

Q: How many miles are you going?
A: 4,200 miles, give or take a few

Q: How many miles do you do in a day?
A: 60 to 70, although we do have several days that we only go 30, Dana sometimes goes 100 without the weight.

Q: What's that thing on your helmet?
A: Dana has a rear-view mirror on his helmet and I have one that attaches to my glasses. They help us to know when cars are behind us. I also have an extra mirror on my handlebars.

Q: Why do you always roll up your right pant leg?
A: The chain is on the right side, so we often get our pant leg caught in it, or at least, our pants get covered in grease. Rolling up the right pant leg prevents it. They do have straps that you can put on to keep the pants tight against your leg, but Dana said I look dorky with them on, so I'll settle for the rolled-up pants.

Q: Why don't you roll up the other leg then?
A: Because it's cold, so we leave the left pant leg down :-)

Q: How long will it take you?
A: We had planned on 2 to 2 1/2 months, but it seems like it'll end up being 3 months.

Q: How much weight have you lost?
A: Heather lost 16 pounds in the first two weeks, but she has since gained that plus a few more pounds. Dana has lost 20 pounds.

Q: What do you do when it rains?
A: Keep on cycling and get wet!


Natalie said...

Fun questions and answers!

Anonymous said...

Inquiring minds want to know if you two are still getting along so well on this trip. Also, are you still eating some of that "strange" food?