Flat Tires and Riding the Wrong Direction for 20 Miles – Day 20

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Rockwood, TN To Monterey, TN – Day 20  
June 12, 2016
64.4 Miles for the day
813.1 Total miles for trip
5:30 Ride Time

I really liked sleeping behind the church last night. Everything worked out beautifully.

Photo Jun 11, 7 52 31 PM

It reinforced that worrying about where I’m sleeping is never a good use of energy. This is something that I have done a lot on my previous bike tours. There was no way I could have ever premeditated last nights church situation. It’s not even worth starting to think about where I’m sleeping, until around  6pm.

This morning I was up at the crack of dawn and on my bike at 7am. I used my good looks and charm to convince the young girl at the gas station to cook me some eggs, even though she didn’t want to.

The first 10 miles of the day were amazing! No wind, the sun was rising and it was nice and cool.

First flat tire today at mile 760! I didn't realize it, but I was also headed 7 miles down the road in the wrong direction. If I didn't get this flat tire I would have just kept going. #transam2016 #readthemap #dumbass #biketouring #flattire

Then I hit rock with my back tire which punctured my back wheel. FINALLY, my first flat tire at mile 760. I’ve been using Continental Top Contact and they have been amazing tires so far. These things are bulletproof. If they keep performing this well, I’m going to write a Thank You card to the folks at Continental Tire.

When I was in Portland, I put these tires on my bike and they were super tight and I could barely get them back on the rim. I was kind of dreading getting flat tires, but I had no problems at all today. I used to be able to fix a flat tire in my sleep.

Photo Jun 12, 6 37 50 AM

I checked my map after I fixed the tire and I was really confused. Apparently all that nice riding I did this morning was off route and completely in the wrong direction. I basically had to turn right around.

When I got back to the trail I had lost 18 miles, 2 hours and waking up early to beat the heat was a complete wasted effort.


My goal for today was to make it into Cookeville and now that felt even farther away. All day I just focused on getting to the next town which was 10-15 miles apart.

The heat was brutal and the wind has been consistently blowing in my face since I rode into Tennessee. I hope


I rode really hard all day and in the end I bailed on the cookeville plan. I ended up checking into a motel in the town before Cookeville. That way I had a few hours to relax before my meeting online. I probably could have made it but would have been rushed.


Not quite sure what is happening here.

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About the author

Michael Riscica

Hey, I’m Michael Riscica and I live in Portland, Oregon with my Labrador Retriever. When I’m off the bike, I make my living as a Licensed Architect and also write a architecture blog at YoungArchitect.com.

I took my first bike tour in 2003 when I rode from Boston to New York City, and at that time I learned about cycling across America. My life was forever changed. I have successfully ridden and blogged about Coast2Coast bike rides during the summers of 2005, 2007and now 2016.

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