Wow, here I am on the EAST side of the Mississippi River. What a great day of riding; beautiful rolling hills, some very nice climbs, gorgeous scenery, great sag locations, and perfect temperatures. First, about the weather, normally the high temp for this day of riding is in the mid 90’s with high humidity, today was in the mid 70’s with moderate humidity, how lucky we are. The terrain took us through rolling ups and downs with farms, and the occasional small town. We were on a Bike Path along the Root River for about 13 miles, through heavily wooded areas, then into open fields, very nice. Near the end of the day, at mile 70, we had a mile long steep climb, but once we reached the top, we were on this plateau that looked out over beautiful valleys for about 8 miles. We then descended into the Mississippi River Valley, and crossed into Wisconsin. Even the sag locations were great, the first by a stream with a little waterfall. The second was at a cafe that made the best fruit smoothies, so even though I generally don’t eat something like that during a ride, I did have a “Triple Berry” smoothie.
There seems something monumental about crossing the Mississippi, like we have crossed the sacred waters of America. It also seems like we are clearly entering the homestretch, even though we have another 16 days of riding to go.
Thought I would mention something about the food on this trip. It has clearly been a challenge for the staff to properly feed the 3 vegetarians on the trip. Sometimes they strike out, like tonight at the “North Country Buffet”. But sometimes they really do well. Last night was catered in the hotel, we had pasta with sauce, a veggie burger on top, salad, and the best cooked broccoli I have had on this trip, not overdone so it gets that grey-green color, not sitting in hot water, but perfectly cooked, with a little oil, it was great.
lots of photos tonight, hope you enjoy