2000 PAC Tour Central Transcontinental
Day 20, September 29
by Ken Bartholic, Cheryl McMurray, and Chuck Bramwell

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Lon's Description: Kentucky is a nice area with lots of trees and pretty good roads. We start to get into the eastern mountains as we head toward Tennessee. Now the hills get bigger and the forests thicker

Today we rode from Madisonville, Kentucky to Lebanon, Tennessee. The weather was excellent, with temps in the high 40's at the start and in the 70's at the destintion.

Today's route should be titled "Tobacco Road" since the course went through the country backroads of Kentucky and Tennessee which seemed to be almost entirely tobaccco fields. We saw many phases of tobacco processing, including drying, smoking barms (which we thought were on fire at first, but after the second or third, decided that wasn't the case).

We also saw many beautiful homes along the way, both old and new. As usual, our presence was often announced by dogs, but they generally stayed in their own yards. The terrain was very scenic, with gently rolling hills. Of course, we reached another milestone - the state line crossing into Tennessee. It was a moderately long day, with light headwinds in the afternoon, but also a very enjoyable day.
Cheryl & Ken


Estimated Distance: 131 Miles
Actual Distance: 132.1 Miles
Cumulative Actual Distance: 2,474 Miles

This includes the following off course added miles:
San Diego - 2.0 Miles when Chuck and Bob Harting missed a turn

Winslow - 4.7 Miles when Chuck, Ken, and Les Drake went to the mural painting after the ride

Pagosa Springs - 3.1 Miles when Chuck missed Lunch

Alamosa - 11.2 Miles when Chuck missed the turn for Lunch

Estimated Feet of Climbing: 4,000 Feet
Actual Feet of Climbing: 4,340 Feet (Ouch!!)
Cumulative Feet of Climbing: 77,300 Feet
Elevation of Destination: 640 Feet
Average Speed on the Bike: 16.4 MPH
Maximum Speed on the Bike: 39.5 MPH (A great roller!!)
Chuck's Heart Rate Data:
Max Heart Rate was 196 BPM a few weeks ago before PAC Tour
Time above 150: 0:01
Time between 130-150: 3:30
Time below 130: 5:49
Dairy Queen Count: 1 Blythe, CA
2 Twister's Ice Cream in Williams, AZ
3 Dairy Queen in Cortez, Colorado was phenomenal
4 Dairy Queen in Monte Vista, Colorado
(PAC Tour Hot Fudge Banana Split:
Bananas, 3 Scoops Ice Cream, Hot Fudge on Side: Awesome!!)
5 Dairy Queen in Pratt, Kansas
6 Dairy Queen in Winfield, Kansas - PAC Tour Hot Fudge Banana Split
7 Ice Cream at All You Can Eat Buffet in Cuba, Missouri
(Boy, did this restaurant lose money on us!!)
8 Dairy Queen in Farmington, Missouri - Dinner
9 Dairy Queen in Vienna, Illinois - Excellent Chocolate Marshmellow Shake

Tabacco Road The tabacco road.

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Smokin'!! A smokin' barn!!

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A beautiful sign Isn't this beautiful?

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Lunch Lunch was especially good today.

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Malto Ken and Chuck were the main "Malto Men".

This is the Maltodextrin powder that is at Breakfast, the Rest Stops, and Lunch. One scoop packs 200 calories of long chain carbohydrates which work well as a slow burning fuel. Ken and I added it consistently to our Gatorade and it did give us good power.

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Pat Pat Carter is all smiles at the Finish Line in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Pat is a retired New York Police Officer and is fun to ride with.

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Highlights: Another OUTSTANDING day of cycling!!

We started the morning with a good deal of thick fog which made everything look pretty spooky as we rode down some country roads.

At mile 56, we saw a horse and buggy with a couple in the seat. We're in Amish country for sure ... really neat.

A guy at lunch said that we would be riding by Reba McEntyre's house today at about mile 114. We didn't see Reba.
Memorable Scenery: Sun was beautiful coming through the early morning fog
Guardian angel pin on Myer's Tandem seatpack
Mechanical Problems: Chuck had a rear flat tire at mile 110 today. John Ashby and Ken gave him a hand swapping out the tube ... John found a small wire that was the culprit.
Biomechanical (Engine)
None to report!! (And we don't take this for granted!!)
What Worked: Place bike shorts on lights in room to dry them
     A great tip from Gerald
What Didn't Work: Nasty Rollers: The ones where you can't get enough momentum at the bottom to launch you up the other side and over the top while still in your Big 53 Tooth Chainring so you have to shift to your Small 39 Tooth Chainring. Most of the rollers in Missouri were nasty. The ones today were mainly nice to us.

Quote of the Day:

"Autumn: God Using His Paintbrush"
Sign in front of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

"Ya all doin' real good"
Driver to us after he heard what we're up to

Chuck's Song of the Day:
"They came from nowhere
With nowhere else to go

They came with nothing
But pockets full of dreams

They came in hope
Looking for the Promised Land

They brought their faith
Believing in their hearts

They brought their children
Searching for a new start

They came looking for the Promised Land

And all the rumors
Said it was heaven there

All the signs were pointing to the new world
Someplace ... somehow ... there's got to be

A better way ... a new beginning ...
A second chance
It's all in the New World

Equality ... liberty ... freedom
It's all in the New World

A better life ... a brighter future ...
The right to believe ...
It's all in the New World

For you and me
It's gotta be
Freedom ...
It's all in the New World"

Justin Hayward, The Voice of the Moody Blues
"The Promised Land" on "View from the Hill"
A truly fine song about a truly fine country

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