Day 14

Car ride from Chain-O’-Lakes SP, In to Cedar Rapids, Ia – Final Trip Total 784.96 miles

Friday June 19, 6 am: There have been strong thunderstorms since 3:30 am. According to the radio, the current cells are suppose to be done rolling through in the next half hour. The radio reports a thunder storm watch until noon today and then again tonight. Brittany, Danny, Travis and Emily are a little more than an hour away. My decision to quit the ride now is looking better all the time.

7:00 am: About a half hour ago the rain died down to a steady drizzle, so I quickly packed everything onto the bike. I’m now standing with Midge on the hilltop by the bath house. Lightning and thunder is still off in the distance. Brittany just texted and said she’s only 30 miles away. I’m looking back at all the pictures on my phone. Hard to believe it was 2 weeks ago tomorrow when the trip started.
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Day 13

Shipshewana, In to Chain-O’-Lakes SP, In 42.75 miles – Trip Total 784.96 miles

What do you do when it’s day 13 of a 16 day trip, your knee hurts when you ride uphill, you overestimated the amount of ground you could cover and your butt is starting to ache from sitting on an a** hatchet 10-12 hours a day? You get on your bike and ride.

Well, that worked for awhile. After saying my good-by’s to the MUTS, I left camp around 7 am. It was a little chilly out, so I wore my rain pants. They served a second purpose of keeping my knee warm. I thought that would keep it loose and it wouldn’t have as many issues. A small tail wind, no hills and not riding yesterday made the morning pretty good.
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Day 12

Shipshewana, In 10.43 miles – Trip Total 742.21 miles

Non-travel day in Shipshewana, Indiana. I really like saying Shipshewana. Shipshewana is a small Amish community near La Grange in Northern Indiana. Ironically, Shipshewana has the most car traffic of all the towns I’ve visited on my trip. Some things never cease to amaze me.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, in the warmer months I guess, Shipshewana has a flea market. It attracts thousands of people. Today being Wednesday, I got to experience the flea market first hand. I didn’t buy anything (nowhere to put it), but I did get to look around. There were the usual flea market sunglasses and t-shirts, but also cool things like handmade furniture and lawn art.
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Day 11

Yankee Springs, Mi to Shipshewana, In 88.89 miles – Trip Total 731.78 miles

I made it to Indiana! Woke up early to try and miss the rain, but didn’t quite make it. I was wet for the last hour. The wind was from the East, so I was either fighting a head wind or a gusty wind from the side all day. Terrain is still mostly flat, so that’s good.

I woke up before sunrise and made it out as soon as the sun came up at 6 am. Right away I was hit by the wind. Yesterday I was fresh and could handle it better, but this morning was on the heels of a 100 plus mile day and I didn’t have enough gas in me to push hard. Next tour I plan on riding more 50 mile days. I could probably cover the same amount of ground because I wouldn’t have to have so many days off to recover.
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Day 10

Croton, Mi to Yankee Springs, Mi 102.93 miles – Trip Total 642.89 miles

Long and short day today. Long day because I covered over 100 miles and that made me tired, short day because I made the ride in less than 12 hours point to point. That’s a record for me.

The ground is relatively flat still and more farmland is starting to appear. The wind is still absent and the temps are now in the low 80’s so I’m starting to sweat quite a bit more.
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