53.3 (+about 3) miles Average Speed: 14.9 mph
Vertical: 1528 feet Depart: 8:32 AM Arrive: 12:34 PM
Link to Garmin ROUTE DATA
I will start today's blog with a wrap up of the activities of last evening. After dinner and rap, we held the ride T-shirt swap. It is a very fun event. The participants begin by telling the story of the T-shirt they are entering. It is largely where it is from, and why it represents something unique and important to them. Here is Carol Tovar telling her story.
When all the stories have been told, all the shirts were on display. Each participant drew a number after they entered the shirt.
Then, in order, each person could pick the shirt they wanted. The first person obviously gets to pick any shirt from the floor, but succeeding players can pick either from the floor, or a shirt which has already been chosen. If they take a shirt from someone, that person then picks another shirt, but cannot take the one just taken from them. If a shirt has been picked three times, it is out of play (the final selectee gets it). Here is John stealing a shirt which had been taken. I wound up with a nice shirt from Iowa, and my Falcon Field shirt had two guys vying for it, and it went to Don Yost.
As far as today's ride went, it was a pretty easy day. It would have been very easy if the wind had been out of the west instead of the east. It wasn't a real bad headwind, but a tailwind is always better. We had the usual Wisconsin farms, but went by one of the larger wind farms we have seen. Here it is as I ride with Mark Weisbarth from Toronto.
The other significant sighting of the day was our first glimpse of Lake Michigan as we turned north about 9 miles from the end. We will of course see a lot more of the lake as we cross by ferry tomorrow.
As you can see, I was in early, even with the late start, so with another rest day effectively tomorrow (we ride 3 or 4 miles to the ferry, and 3 or 4 miles off the ferry), I should be ready for the final push.