Day #68 – US-50 to US-50 – 54 miles / 87 km

Janos had a rough day. He was having a bad headache, and felt that he would throw up any time. He was getting sicker in the course of the day, and around 5pm he felt he couldn’t ride on, got off the bike and laid down to rest.

Ryan and Peter continued riding for a while. (Ryan is one of the two bicyclists who have often joined the brothers since Virginia. See comment on day #59. The three young men have been riding together for a few days now.) Janos was sitting next to the highway, 30 miles from any populated area, he was sick and he wasn’t sure how far his brother and friend were. He didn’t want to keep them up by asking them to wait – he was planning to catch up with them tomorrow.

Finally he was able to drowse for about half an hour. When he woke up he felt somewhat better – and he saw Ryan, who had come back for him. It turned out that they were only one mile ahead, at the top of the mountain. They waited for a good hour, then Ryan decided to turn back for Janos. He removed all the gear from his bike to make it lighter. He encouraged Janos to ride on, and offered to switch bikes so that Janos could ride without carrying all the weight. Janos only gave his front pannier (saddle bag), and he said even that made a difference. On the top of the mountain Janos rested some more, then they all rode downhill for 10 miles, and another 10 miles on flat terrain.

They put up the tent – where else? – in the middle of nowhere. The next town will be in 87 miles (140 km).

States: 13    Total: 3451 miles / 5554 km