Mileage: 112 miles
Weather: Sunny. Low 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Low humidity. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
The Triple-H that we experienced in Minnesota & Wisconsin has finally left us, for now. It was one of the first cool mornings we’ve had in over a week. It felt great! Temperatures were in the low 60s to start and warmed up into the mid-80s. Humidity? 37% Dew Point? 57 degrees. We also had a mostly favorable wind all day long. I’m wiping a tear of joy as I type these stats.
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.
Two things of note at our SAG stops today. At second SAG, we had watermelon. Not unusual you say? This one was seedless AND had yellow flesh. It was new to everyone on the tour. This one came from Georgia. Evidently they aren't all that out of the ordinary. Who knew?? For third SAG, one of our rider’s wife sent something he referred to as sugar bombs. They looked innocent enough, just like a blonde brownie. I’m not sure what was in them but the sugary, butter scotchy, whatever the heck was in them goodness was a tasty jolt at the 3rd SAG. That sugar buzz took some of us most of the way into the hotel. Thank you, Bets!
We did have a little construction on the way into the hotel. Some riders rode on the dirt and, with the blessing of the construction foreman, through the construction zone. Others who came through a little later were guided with Pam’s orange arrows to avoid the dirt & repaving project. We all made it in safely. It was a long mileage day. We did lose an hour late yesterday. I think it will be a very good night for sleeping.