Cycling Date: Saturday 18-July-15
Mileage: 93 miles
Weather: Upper 60s and damp to start. Mid 80s to end. Humid all day. Winds picked up in the afternoon. Cross-ish to tail-ish.
Highlights of the day:
A line of thunderstorms pushed through Mauston as we were waking up this morning. They were gone by the time we rolled. Other storms were forecast for this afternoon but as I type, we’re still dry and all the riders are at the hotel. There are warnings for severe weather in our area later today but for now it seems to be staying south of us. We are feeling rather dry and lucky today.
We stayed in a new town last night. New town at least for this tour and as such, this morning’s route was new as well. Seems the locals snuck a dirt road in on us. A few of our riders did a little off road riding today until we got the vans up to reroute onto paved roads. We rolled on into more farmland for most of our ride. Rolling hills covered in corn, soybeans, and something that I think might have been clover but I’m not sure. It was simply beautiful and smelled good too.
We had our first SAG stop by a little lake with a waterfall and a little farmers market. Our SAG fare was supplemented with locally grown fruit. I made a complete mess with the nectarines that I ate but oh were they good. Then there was the American Legion Brat Fry! We’re in Wisconsin. They were grilling brats. We had no choice! Starting around 11:30 in the morning, riders stopped to feast on bratwurst with all the fixings. A little soul food Wisconsin style, boiled in beer and grilled to perfection. Riding is about the food and enjoying local cuisine along the way. We couldn’t miss one in Princeton WI.
Time for another quick LOTR reference. You might surmise based on some of my descriptions of meals, snacks, and other opportunities to consume food that we cyclists on long distance tours eat like hobbitses. It’s true. We wake to an early breakfast. Then often have a second breakfast, followed by elevenses, and luncheon. Post ride brings us to afternoon tea, dinner, and supper. Sleep and do it all again. It all fits.
Second SAG was at a Subway (yes, more food) and then the riders rolled on into Fond du Lac. Time for washing clothes, checking out the bike stores, and (most importantly) the post-dinner t-shirt swap!