Distance: 105 miles
Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy, low to mid 80s, tailwinds!
I have to say we are lucky, when we looked at the weather for today (yesterday) every hour had a high possibility of thundershowers but when we woke up these were only called for in the afternoon. We rode all day in relatively mild temperatures and tailwinds. Everyone got in dry, then, while we were inside doing route rap at 5:45pm the skies opened up! Even better, the rain stopped, the sun came out and everything was nearly dry for our short walk to dinner!
Riders moved quickly this morning as the terrain was pretty flat and the wind was at our backs. Just about three miles in we entered our 9th state, Ohio. Stil l , we were surrounded by soy and corn for most of the day. We passed by big industrial farms as well as small farms. One industrial farm had a helicopter crop dusting it. The helicopter would land on top of a truck and suck up whatever it was spraying and then head out to deliver it to the crops. We could see the smaller farms being tended to by what looked like a mother and her daughter.
As it was a long day, many riders stopped at Braden’s café in St. Paris, OH. Braden’s is an annual favorite where good food can be had at a reasonable price, plus they have great smoothies and homemade fudge and candies! After this though, it was back to the soybeans and corn until riders were almost at the hotel in Marysville!
Tomorrow is another long day….with twice the climbing! Check back tomorrow and see how they do!