Published: July 20th 2012July 20th 2012
The truck stop we stayed in last night appears to have rooms that can be rented for the hour - it was an interesting place to stay. Cops on arrival trying to deal with a homeless lady (who cast a spell on the bikes this morning because God told her to) through to domestics in the hall.
David and I both didnt have a great night sleep, so things were off to an average start first thing. The morning turned out fantastic though, there was good cloud cover and the temperature was down to late 30's (at least for the morning).
Our first stop was at an amazing Harley shop (another t shirt!) which was great fun. We then rode further to some caverns that Jesse James hid in which were pretty awesome.
The afternoon turned very hot again, the bike temp gauge only goes to 120F, and it was hotter than that (including the heat off the road). The last 100 miles was particularly difficult and we were all glad to get to the hotel. We are in Springfield again but in Missouri this time (apparently there are 50 springfields in the US). The official temp according to the TV was 105F - we have extra heat from the road. The wind while you are riding just feels like a hot hair dryer in your face. Yesterday a couple of guys wore shorts on a short ride we had into the city, both have burns on their legs from the heat of the bike.
Two more bikes have succumbed to the heat today with battery problems, so they've been transported to the Harley Dealership in Tulsa for repairs. David has purchased a special cushioning seat for the bike as he was having problems with pressure points (i.e, a sore bum), so he's a lot happier today. It's amazing the sore muscles we have with the ride, but us four are doing really well considering we weren't bike fit.
The group is a lot of fun, the south Africians keep to themselves, and the Germans and Swiss are slowly coming round, although their English isn't great.
Helen and Jamie are also enjoying the trip, Helen is doing an awesome job on her bike and now we have the hydration sorted we can better manage the heat. You should see us all when we get off the bike, we are all soaked with sweat!
Tomorrow is over 300 miles and another hot one, so early to bed tonight.
Hi to all!