Mileage: 61 miles
Weather: Upper 70s to start. Mid 80s to end. Not as wet.
Highlights of the day:
Mother Nature threatened with dark skies and rumbling thunder this morning but it all kept to the north and east of us. We did get a little wet but that was mostly from the water on the pavement. It also felt cool(er) today than it has in well over a week. I don’t think any missed the stifling HHH’s on the ride today.
The route started with a loop past a lighthouse at the southern end of Lake Winnebago. Photos were taken 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.
At mile 48 we had our first glimpse of Lake Michigan or at least we should have. Lots of moisture combined with the cooler air over the lake = fog or low lying clouds or whatever the weather people call it. We couldn’t really see the water but you could feel the effect it had in terms of bringing the temperatures down. So this group of riders didn’t get a chance to see just how big Lake Michigan is. 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 large enough that 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.
The day ended 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!