Cycling Date: Wednesday 23-July-14
Mileage: 74 miles
Weather: Cool and breezy. Upper 50s to start. Low 70s to end. Winds out of the north.
Highlights of the day:
After our one warm day, we had to pull out cool weather gear again. It’s late July and we’re wearing arm warmers. It was very nice. We rolled at 8:30 and headed straight into more farms and cornfields. The wind was decidedly in our favor into the first SAG stop. We were pushed happily along, many spinning the pedals easily at 20+ mph.
Our SAG stop du jour was at the Reeves Farm. It’s a family farm (the Reeves) who welcome us each year to refuel and relax in their front yard. Years ago, two AbB staff members started a conversation with Mr Reeves about taking a picture of the tractor in his front yard. He went on to show the many tractors, some antiques, that he had restored. A friendship ensued and we’ve been stopping by annually ever since. Thank you!
After the SAG, the route turned more towards the east. A crosswind replaced the tailwind. We smiled every time we rode past a stand of trees or tall cornfields on our left as they acted as a bit of a barrier. We did get to balance out the wear on the tires, somewhat. Winds from the south yesterday had us all leaning to the right as we rode east. Winds from the north today had us all leaning to the left as we rode east. The wind wasn’t that strong. It’s all back to the “we’ve been spoiled” issue and we need to talk about something!
All in all it was a great day on the bike. Short(er) mileage after yesterday’s 118 miles on short rest because of the time change. Riders looked a little dazed at the SAG stops yesterday. Riders were all smiles today from breakfast through unloading luggage.
We said goodbye to one of our riders who has been with us since Casper WY. It’s a planned departure, he lives here in Michigan. We all tried to talk him out of it but he said something about family obligations. Priorities?? Geesh!! We’ll miss you Al.
Tomorrow is our last day in Michigan. It seems like we just got here. The states are narrower and the days are definitely zipping by more quickly. Don’t forget to look up!