Cycling Date: Tuesday 22-July-14
Mileage: 119 miles
Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy. Low 70s to start. Upper 80s to end. Strong wind out of the SW.
Highlights of the day:
Weather is warming up. But only for today. We were supposed to hit the 90s but it didn’t quite make it there. Upper 80s still felt warm to us as we are completely spoiled. Tomorrow is showing a high of mid 70s. Confused. Bewildered. But grateful.
We were up before dawn. Literally. The sun wasn’t up when we gathered for breakfast. We’re on the western edge of EDT and we got up early for our last century day. Eager riders kept looking at their watches and out at the sky (repeat), I think they were trying to get the sunrise to happen earlier. I’m not sure it worked. The sky started to glow and we were off!
This was our 7th official century day or probably our 9th or 10th unofficial, and our last long day of the tour. We had mostly nice road surfaces, not too much climbing, and favorable winds (except when we headed south), which made for a pleasant ride. This part of Michigan is rural, with lots of smaller farms, more corn and a few large asparagus fields that appear to have gone to seed. We didn’t have the bigger rollers seen in eastern Wisconsin, just gentle hills.
We did get some bonus miles. Two detours. One added 6 miles on nice roads with tail to rear quartering winds for 2/3 – 3/4 of the detour. The final right gave us 2 miles into the wind. Most right turns today took us into the wind. We didn’t like many of the right turns. We preferred to turn left! The second detour was a quick one once we made it into Mount Pleasant. I don’t know how much it added. Best guess is probably ~1 mile. Not terribly long but it did add to the end of a long day in the saddle.
We aren’t loading luggage until 8:00am tomorrow. We can sleep in. Or we can try to sleep in. My bet is on a 5:30 wide awake. Ah well…