Day 34? OMG that means only 16 days left … when it was mentioned at RAP tonight, there was a collective groan … can’t believe it! Maybe we could take a LEFT and head south … We are really into the groove now.
Of course, a nice biking day always makes you feel positive. It was a nice morning with low humidity, in the 60″s when we left. Bob & I both agreed that we could have been in Massachusetts. Green lush farms and tranquility. We were on back roads and through small towns most of the day. We just had to take a memory photo of the route numbering system they use here. They use letters, not numbers. So “O” ends when it intersects with “D” at the “T”. We got where we were going but it seems odd to us.
And so the ride continued … we saw several pheasant and lots of small farms. The farms are neat and well cared for is my overall sense. We had some misty rain through the morning – enough to put my camera in a baggie but very comfortable riding.
Our second SAG came at MIle 62 and shortly before, Bob was complaining about the shifting on his bike. So when we got to our SAG in the Town of Ripon “Birthplace of the Republican Party” Bob asked one of the mechanics about it. Turns out he had a frayed shifting cable – which they replaced as we waited. Unbelievable service (and knowledge) we get from the ABB folks. So, with only a minimal delay we were out to finish the final 25 miles. Again nice back roads and a pleasant afternoon. Sun was warm but it was not too hot.
We are staying at a Ramada Inn in the downtown section of Fond du Lac (foot of the lake – Winnebago). Had to walk he 10 blocks to a laundry mat. The downtown was pretty quiet, Government buildings, law firms, non-profits, and small restaurants and bars … kind of sad. They did have bike races 2 weeks ago and had decorated bicycles along the street. We had supper here, catered and then the T-shirt swap. It was fun to watch. Bob did the swaps – had fun – and has a new t-shirt. A pleasant evening – which now must come to an end. I need sleep. We do get to kind of sleep in (until 6:15) as breakfast will not be served until 7:30 with our luggage load @ 8:30.) On this trip, I have not had the greatest “short” days so we will have to see what this 57-miler brings … Monday – a ferry across Lake Michigan! We are soooooooooooooooo lucky!