Day 15: Meet the Winklemans – Harrisburg to Carbondale

The Highway 13 shortcut continues. I roll out of bed (yes, a real bed) to a gourmet breakfast spread, coffee, and Asher begging to play some badminton.

The Winkleman family welcomed me into their home to spend the night

The Winkleman family welcomed me into their home to spend the night

The Daily Summary

June 8th is a 54 mile highway ride from Harrisburg to the city of Carbondale. The riding is easy with no hills and not much scenery.

There is not much exciting news when cruising along a highway all day. However, after talking to Doug and Donna of TourDeStrange.com, this route may be preferred during the beginning of June because of a large motorcycle convention that crowds the TransAm route.

The Winkleman family invited me into their home last night. Chris, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Harrisburg, easily convinced me to stay, “How does a bed sound to you?”

His wife Laura makes a homemade breakfast of eggs, avocados, tomatoes, a fruit spread, biscuits, and brownies. Mmmmmm.

She packs a to-go bag to fuel me for the day that also had four hard boiled eggs.

A Strategy for the Future

The reason hard-hard boiled eggs are packed in the to-go bag is because Laura and I were talking about easy sources of protein in the morning.

You can see from the daily blood sugar graphs that a spike happens when waking up and overnight.

A solution I would like to attempt is eating a protein only first breakfast (hard boiled eggs, yogurt, hummus and carrots) and then begin biking. After being on the road for about an hour, second breakfast can include carbohydrates to fuel the day (banana, granola, cereal, oats).

Thus, the strategy is to start the day with protein and then follow it later with carbohydrates.

Unfortunately, many intersections across America are a scene of fast food, gas stations, and trucks.

Unfortunately, many intersections across America are a scene of fast food, gas stations, and trucks.

Back to the day…

Asher, their youngest son, asks if we can leave the breakfast table to play badminton. Obviously, I am in to play.

The Winkelmans have a pet dog who simply followed Chris home one day after a run. This family seems to welcome any sort of travelers on the road!

Riding today is monotonous and flat. An earbud is slipped over my right ear and I finish 80 Days Around the World, which is available for free to any Spotify users.

Stopping at a Radio and T.V. Station

You sometimes pass a place and keep going, only to regret not stopping later on. The River Radio studio and the local ABC stations are neighbors along the highway.

I lift Dark Roast over a barrier and meet Karen Huntley. She manages all the reporters and tells me that the summer is a bad time for impromptu interviews because everyone is on vacation. I was happy to poke in and will try to reach out to stations ahead of time before rolling into town.

Arriving in Carbondale

“Is that fork next to your peanut butter so you can eat on the road?” a woman asks as I pull up to a café.

“Yes, I have to keep up the calories to bike across America.”

Lindy ends being one of the nicest people we have met. Annalisa, T, and I are invited to join her and a friend for lunch – making it a table of 5. Lindy restored her basement by herself and invites us to spend the night. We had to decline because we have accommodations, yet I connect her with Doug and Donna who are arriving in town tomorrow.

She also drives a white MG Midget from around ’76. The car has had the engine replaced twice, of course by Lindy herself. Who is this incredible person?

The Scenery

A man fishing on one of the lakes right before arriving in Carbondale

A man fishing on one of the lakes right before arriving in Carbondale