Hello Nashville, Tennessee – Day 22

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Day 22 Gordonsville, TN To Nashville, TN
June 14, 2016
59.8 Miles for the day
926.9  Total miles for trip
4:33 Ride Time

In the middle of the night 2 kids showed up on the other side of the picnic pavilion and sat there talking for about an hour. I put in my ear plugs instead of telling them to STFU. Sleeping next to the train tracks is always worse.

At the crack of dawn there were ladies walking around the trail, who all stared at me as I packed up my bike.

I’ve been seeing these small towns put a walking trail around the town park and its wildly popular with everyone in the town. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are walking on these trails. In Troutville all the nice people would talk to me each time they made a lap around the park.

I had breakfast at Waffle House. One of the ladies working there was wearing these awesome Waffle House Lycra arm warmers. I told her I needed a picture of her arm warmers and explained how hers are way cooler then any of the ones they make for cyclists.

I played my usual Michael Jackson songs on waffle house jukebox while I ate my breakfast. When I was leaving, the nice lady ran in the back and gave me a pair of Waffle House arm warmers. I screamed like a girl. Now my cross country cyclist uniform is complete.

Leaving the Waffle House, I rode right across the street to McDonald. I needed to upload a bunch of photos and send some emails. I met some nice people at McDonald’s. I watched a group of old men talk about how much gear was on my bike for about 20 minutes and then go back to their usual conversation about the price of gasoline.

By the time I got on my bike it was about 10am and the heat was in full effect. Last night I decided I was going to skip Nashville. So my plan was to just keep jumping from town to town without a real route or plan.

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Most cross country cyclists pepper spray the dogs that run at them and just keep riding. This is the very worst way to handle the situation and it makes the dog problem worse for the next cyclist. The correct thing to do is stop riding, acknowledge the dog, wait for them to stop barking and slowly start riding away. After completing two coast2coast bike rides, being in the middle of my 3rd, and having hundreds of dogs charge at me, I HAVE NEVER COME CLOSE TO PEPPER SPRAYING A DOG! Cyclists pepper spraying dogs is completely unnecessary and is for the amateurs. It makes me sick. #dogsoftransamstagram #transam2016 #lovethedogs #dontpepperspraythem #asshole #throwawayyourhalt #halt #pepperspray #adventurecycling #bikepacking #diggitydog #respecttheroad #leavenotrace

When I got to the first town Lebannon the wind picked up big time and the sky started thunder storming, so I had lunch at a sushi restaurant. After lunch I went to Starbucks for a few hours to camp out until the storm passed.

After the storm passed there was an amazing tailwind pushing me to the west. It pushed me all the way right into Nashville. I rode those last 30 miles faster then I’ve ridden any other 30 miles on this trip.

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Hello Nashville! I wasn’t going to stop, but you pulled me into your arms with a sweet sweet tailwind. Thank You! I’m staying at the hipster hostel with some dude who was just hiking the AT! Off to find some #burgers #beers #babes #transam2016 #biketouring #framedview #nashville

When I got to Nashville I decided to checkout the hostel and see if it was legit. And it was, so I checked in. The dude staying in my room was just hiking the AT on the Great Smoky Mountains. I went out for a burger and a beer and hung out for a little bit. Nashville was nice.

After about 3 beers and a burger my energy was super low. I went back to the hostel and slept like a baby.

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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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