Put a few miles on Charlotte (that’s what I think I’ll call her). 540 miles. Almost exactly half way. I stopped just south of Atlanta. The trafic was backing up and it was starting to rain. (There are severe thunderstom warnings.) She rode real well, but it was really hot. I feel like I’m dehydrated. I just had a shower and ate at a restaurant across from my $109 hotel.
At my last gas stop before Atlanta, I met a couple who are from England. They were cooling off in the shade of the gas pump cover. It took me a minute to realize he was in his underwear and a shirt, He had taken his pants off to cool off. They had flown from England to Miami. They bought a bike there and were on a 3 week tour of the U.S. Their main goal is to attend an 11 day race that starts in St. Louis. What a coincidence. We departed together from the station and got split up on the highway. But we both ended up in the same hotel.
He (Nick) said gas was about $6 per gallon in England. I just love to listed to people with a British accent.
Good luck to Nick & Jules.
I’m off to bed as I’m exhausted. Planning an early departure in the morning. Hopefully it’ll clear off tomorrow. I’m hot crazy about riding in the rain.