Good evening (for us). I am thinking this will be short today. Somehow we seemed to jam our short day (58 miles) full of activity. But it was a good day and we continue to be bummed as we are reminded there is only two weeks left (and 1,000 miles to go).
My pictures are uploaded but they do not want to come into my post :). So … we biked only a couple of miles to Lake Winnebago and the Fond du Lac Lighthouse. (It is not a Maine lighthouse). Pretty area. We were able to climb the 72 stairs for a view of the lake. Big!
Lake Winnebago is a 137,700-acre freshwater lake in eastern Wisconsin, United States. It is the largest lake entirely within the state and one of the largest inland lakes in the United States. Lake Winnebago is about 30 by 10 miles, with 88 miles of shoreline, an average depth of 15.5 feet and a maximum depth of 21 feet. Because it is so “shallow” it freezes over in the winter. They actually make roads on the lake with stop signs, merge signs, etc. That would be fun to see …
After taking a bunch of photos we headed out on rural roads East toward our destination. Again, very New England looking. Green … lots of ups and downs BUT no mountains in the distance. The farms are neat and clean – the major crops still seem to be corn and soy beans but the farms seem smaller.
We rode by a several mile long ridge with dozens of huge windmills. They looked peaceful and lazy spinning. We could not hear a sound and kept looking for someone to be in their yard to ask what they thought of this huge array. But Sunday morning … we saw not one person … It was different but it was majestic at the same time.
We had one SAG today at mile 31. I had my banana with peanut butter because there was no oatmeal for breakfast today and I was getting hungry on scrambled eggs and potatoes. The sun was warm and the humidity up but really pleasant riding.
For our snow mobiling friends … this area of Minnesota and Wisconsin are covered with snowmobile trails. We see signs along the roadways and fields. Also, for snowmobiling, there are several people on this trip who regularly snow mobile in Yellowstone Park and the Tetons. They say “indescribably good.”
We were 10 miles out of Manitowoc when we saw one of our SAG vehicles on the side of the road. Since we were going to stop before the hotel to pick up some bike cleaning supplies and more sun screen we decided to grab more ice from the vehicle. It turns out that six of our riders were doing a paceline, and number one and two touched wheels so number 2 through 6 all went down on top of each other. They were TOTALLY lucky. A fair amount of road rash, some bent handle bars, a broken helmet and minor bike issues but all were able to get back up and ride (although one, on a borrowed bike). The staff says they have not seen so many “accidents” in years. This was two groups of three who “joined up” for a while and miscommunication between two people from different groups. Thank goodness Bob & I decided a few days ago that we were safest with each other. All was under control (or out of our control) so we rode into town, did our shopping before arriving at our hotel about 2:00 PM. It was good to have a couple of hours to organize, pay bills, answer emails, write postcards before our 4:45 RAP session.
Monday is kind of a day off. Meals are on our own. We just have to make it the 3.5 miles to the ferry by 12:00 noon. We may check out the bike trails along the river but will play it by ear. It is a 4 hour boat ride across Lake Michigan to Michigan (new state!). Hopefully it will be a nice day and we can just chill as Tuesday is our last really long ride of the trip 117 miles. We enter the Eastern Time zone on the boat so we will lose an hours sleep. It is so bittersweet … there is much we miss at home, our Radar and our friends … but this has been such an experience, I could get to New Hampshire and turn right and head south … so much to see … We love the routines and the schedule. And we will let you know how we love the ferry!