July 1 – Day 19: Nashville to Collierville, Tennessee: The Longest Day

Today was our longest day – 150 miles! We started very early, at 4 a.m., to get in as many miles as possible before the heat set in. By the end of our ride, the temperature was 93. In addition, we faced over 5,000 feet of climbing for the first 125 miles. As we approached Collierville, Tennessee, just east of Memphis, the landscape flattened out a bit. All in all, it was a challenging day because of the large number of miles, but the weather, although hot, was just spectacular. Renate pointed out that I have my own city in Tennessee – Deanburg! It’s a very small farming community.

Early Start

The Longest Day

Greg's Town!

We had a wonderful dinner with Rick and Lisa – Rick is a Notre Dame alumnus and very active in the Notre Dame Memphis club. We ate at a local café in Collierville, enjoying great food and great conversations. Rick is a real ND football fan and could have gone on for hours about Irish football. Historic Collierville is very charming and quaint – a wonderful place to wind up our longest day.

Lisa Signing the Van

Renate, Lisa, Rick, and Greg

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