Sunday, September 20, 2015

Day 31- Always have a Plan B- Smile and move on

This morning we started off in Buffalo to head towards Berea. The first sign we should have noticed was our gear was slipping as we pulled out of the parking lot. We ignored it and headed down the road. After 13 miles we were looking at our map and nothing was matching up. So we asked a guy driving by. We had accidentally turned the wrong way from the get go!! So we called Dad, the sag and he saved us and drove us to the correct point. As we rode along, we kept feeling the chain slip so we stopped and all looked at it and scratched our head. The verdict was, we thought the small chain ring was installed backwards by the mechanic yesterday. AARGH!! Not even close to a bike shop and it is Sunday so everything is closed. We decided to ride on and if the hill was too steep have Dad put the bike on the RV and then ride down the hill. So we took off again and headed towards Bardstown. As we came up to a big hill, the chain fell off. We hopped off, put chain on, Dad gave a big shove to get us started and we rode on. After about 45 more miles, the chain started slipping on just about every ring. We knew it would tear up the bike if we continued riding so we called Dad the Sag and got a lift to the closest town. It was a difficult, slow day to say the least. We had decided to take a different route on a highway to try and avoid steep hills, but we were still out of luck. Tomorrow morning we will visit the 3rd bike shop in 3 days to see if we can get it fixed enough to finish the last 800 miles!! I will walk it if I have too- just kidding...

Thought for the day- Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned. If we have a Plan B, it is a lot easier to handle the bumps along the way. Our Plan B of finding less hills, having a Sag driver, stopping when lost- all added up to making it safely today. I could have lost it a couple of times but instead , we found a cute place to camp and enjoy the town. The stress of the day could have ruined our trip. I choose to be happy and see what tomorrow brings.

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don't worry, be happy......

Read more: Bob Marley - Don´t Worry Be Happy Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Abe Lincoln statue in Springville, Kentucky

Pioneer Campground in Danville, Kentucky


Campground at the Pioneer Theater


  1. Greatest attitude!! Love it Carol!! Keep going!! Such an awesome example!!
    Love you guys,
    Kenney and Lana Prior

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