Distance: 90 miles
Weather: not as bad as it began!
Never a dull moment on a cross-country bicycle trip! We were supposed to load up the luggage at 6:30am but lightning, thunder, a black sky, crazy winds and heavy downpours caused loading to be put on hold. Riders adapted by napping, drinking an extra cup of coffee, reading the newspaper or just pacing back and forth waiting for the storm to finish. About 8 o’clock it was indeed finished and we were able to load up and set out for the day.
The storm had done us a favor and cooled down the day. Although the riders were getting a little wet from road spray none of them had rain hit them. In short time they rolled into the sag stop in Baring just across the “IDK Café”. Quite a few of us went into the café, some purchased egg sandwiches and some coffee. We asked to woman who was taking our orders what “IDK” stood for and she said, “I haven’t got a clue”!
Most of the rest of the day was spent on quiet roads with farms all around us. We did ride through Williamstown which sadly is mostly closed but it did have not one but TWO working soda machines! The machine we used cost only 50 cents AND the soda was ice cold.
We used to cross the Mississippi by ferry but that ferry no longer exists. Now we ride over the bridge into Quincy. This is for experienced riders only! Today another challenge was thrown in the way; we had roadwork over the bridge! Everyone was able to navigate this obstacle and some even stopped in town to shop at the Madison-Davis bike shop. Some bought some very needed equipment, and that;s good because tomorrow we get to do this again!