Cycling Date: Sunday 19-July-15
Mileage: 57 miles
Weather: Beautiful. Upper 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Mostly cloudy all day. Winds out the WNW at 10+ mph.
Highlights of the day:
We didn’t load luggage until 8:30 so, theoretically, we all could sleep in! I say theoretically because after 34 days of getting up at dawn, one’s body and brain often forgets how to sleep in. For me, 5:30 wide awake. I did argue with my brain but I didn’t win, so I got up.
The route started with a loop past a lighthouse at the southern end of Lake Winnebago. Photos were taken, with the sun in the wrong position, and we headed back out into Wisconsin dairy farm country. We passed HUGE dairy farms with building after building for housing and milking cows. We saw more of the large red barns and their associated silos. And rollers. Lots of rollers. Once again, the stereotypical version of a very flat Midwestern state was struck down as we flew down one hill only to be greeted by our next climb. To be fair, none of these hills were a big challenge for our riders and many were a lot of fun.
Our food highlight of the day was at Jeff’s Tap in Marytown. It’s a tavern that also does a rocking business on Sunday mornings. When the riders arrived, it was already standing room only with the locals. Short riding day and patience, many waited for the cinnamon rolls that were highly recommended by North alumni. These were consumed by the plateful. Loaded on sugar and carbohydrates, the trek east continued.
At mile 48 we had our first glimpse of Lake Michigan. As one who grew up very near this lake, I am often surprised at the number of people who are shocked that this lake is so big one cannot see the shore on the other side. Some riders are confused at the idea of taking 4 hours to cross the lake by boat. It’s big! Or rather it is indeed a Great Lake.
We had a kickin’ tailwind today. We had cooler temperatures. We had some cloud cover. We flew! To be technical, it was a wicked awesome day to be on the bike. We ended the day prepping bikes, clothing, vans, and riders for the next leg of the tour. Tomorrow is our “rest” day but involves a 4-hour cruise across Lake Michigan. Stay tuned for details!