Today's ride started with a nice ride out of town but quickly turned to busy hwy 141 in Iowa. It was one of my least favorite roads on the whole trip. Think Natchez Trace width with no shoulder, stack 25-30 lake cavalier hills 1.5-3 miles apart on the road and then add somewhat heavy traffic including 18 wheeler traffic going 65 mph, then break up the pavement pretty severly in the tire rut so you have to ride truly on the middle of the road and have no where to go when traffic comes by. The route had us on this road for 70ish miles - I lasted 23 before I elected to stop at the first sag. I believe in enjoying every moment of this trip and the stress of riding on that road was not enjoyable!
Checking with Lon, we would be getting off that road after lunch, so I sagged up with several others. After lunch I was one of the first to leave again, so I had no pressure to ride in fast, so I meandered my way to the hotel just thinking and having a great afternoon. We had a slight headwind, nothing bad, and the temps were mild. I was only sweating on a climb. Once again we were surrounded by corn and soybeans.
My shadow in the early morning sun
Church in a soybean field
Wild flowers on the side of hwy 141 in Iowa
Praying Mantis yard art in Coon River Park
Ever wondered what to do with your old golf clubs? Windmill of golf clubs in Coon River Park Iowa
17 yr old Greg and his daily license plate. Greg has an eagle eye for the lost plates and finds at least one almost every day. I think the most he has found in one day is 5. BTW, this is Greg's third transcon and I am pretty sure he has done them all without his parents! He is more mature than most 30 year olds I know!
Today's corn - the bio break view!
Tomorrow we head to Mt Pleasant, Iowa. There is a chance of rain and most likely headwinds. I would sure like to ride at least 100 miles tomorrow...