Cycling Date: Tuesday 22-July-14
Mileage: 119 miles
Weather: Sunny. Low 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Low humidity. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
Low humidity + summer + Midwest = not normal conditions. The weather could not have been any nicer to be on a bike today. We are a bit confused at the weather but once again, we ask no questions. We express gratitude. One rider claims it is because he is from San Diego and brought his temperate, dry weather with him. Whatever works is what I say.
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, moderate temperatures and favorable winds, 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.
All the elements came together to make today one of our shortest long days. We had everyone into the hotel before 3:00. That is just not the norm. Again, no one is complaining here at all. We’re just scratching our heads a bit and that is more than ok.
We said goodbye to one of our riders today. Jay left us as planned all along but we were still sad to see him go. He’ll be back. He knows that!