Sweat (July 11)

I have read that humans are the best endurance runners of all the animals. We may not be particularly fast, but we can run further than other land animals. There are many adaptations that help, like our upright positions and swinging our arms to counterbalance the strides. Imagine how terrifying our ancient ancestors must have been to other animals. Once they start chasing you, they just don’t stop, ever, until you collapse from exhaustion. Then you become dinner.

Some of the adaptations are also useful for bicycling long distances, day after day. Sweating, for instance. The ability to cool the body by means other than panting. Not only does it help regulate body temperature, but it allows us to take in extra oxygen through our mouths to help keep our muscles going.

The past two days, the sweating has been intense. I’m not sure why. It hasn’t been particularly warm nor humid. All of my clothes have rings of salt on them. Usually, I can get a couple of days out of my shirts, and three from my cargo shorts. Not the past couple of days. I have never gotten salt rings on my cargo shorts until these past two days.

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2k (July 10)

Today was just about a perfect day for riding. The temperature stayed in the low 80’s; the sky was mostly sunny; the humidity dropped below 50% and what little wind there was came from the south. I can handle a crosswind. With the terrain remaining mostly flat and a good night sleep last night, I just kept pedaling.

At some point today, I passed 2000 miles for this trip. To celebrate, here are some pictures of Indiana farmhouses. . .

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And an oddly shaped tree . . .

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