Day two on the bike

Today we started our ride at Rattlesnake springs.

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This is the site where many Cherokees were camped before the removal began. Our ride was forty miles today with one very INTENSE hill. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make up the hill… But I had to decide what was more important: what was behind me, in front if me, or what’s inside. I just kept telling myself “getting off your bike is NOT an option”… And you know what? I MADE IT! I had such a sense if accomplishment. I gave it my all, took a slow steady pace and achieved my goal.
This is me after the hill:

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We then ride to The Tennessee river where we had lunch, very delicious. And we’re Ferried across the river just like our ancestors.

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This is Clay and I at the huge map showing the routes of the trail

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I also pulled a muscle in my left calf so were watching it closely. Today was day two of riding and a hard one at that. However day three makes or breaks you. It is when a bicyclist faces the Cumberland gap. GETTING OFF MY BIKE IS NOT AN OPTION! I will conquer this mountain just like I’d eat an elephant: one bite at a time.

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