Mileage: 95 miles
Weather: Upper 60s and foggy to start. Low 80s to end. Humid all day but didn’t see as thick. Winds out of the SE to start and SSW to end but not strong enough to be too much of an impact.
Highlights of the day:
The morning greeted us with thick fog. Temp and dew point had to be about equal. Glasses fogged over for most of the first 12 miles of the day. Riders pushed glasses down their noses and looked over the top ala a disapproving elder. Temps rose. Dew point didn’t. Air thinned out a bit. Glasses went back up in front of the eyes.
Today 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 or thyme but I’m not sure. It was simply beautiful and had that great herby smell too. We also saw & heard some Sandhill Cranes. Squawking up a storm they were!
We had our first SAG stop by a little lake with a waterfall and a little farmers market. Our SAG fare was supplemented with some amazing cinnamon raisin bread from Italian bakery in Elgin IL. It was hand delivered to Mauston by a friend of the staff who visits us yearly and forces us to eat such tasty things. The nerve… 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 and (most importantly) the post-dinner t-shirt swap!