We high-tailed it out of our campsite this morning, leaving with not too many more mosquito bites. It was raining a bit, so we pedaled off with flashing red lights and ridiculously bright yellow rain coats. It stopped raining pretty quickly, but the temperature stayed relatively cool for the rest of the morning. Our average speed was 14.5 by lunchtime! The lack of a headwind was a wonderful change.
We got to ride for awhile on a wooded road, around marshes and fields, and past lots of ATV trails. There was so much wildlife, and we could only imagine how many critters were hidden in the reeds. We saw a number of deer, two of which were quite startled when they noticed Aidan pedaling toward them. We’ve been so impressed lately with watching their graceful leaps through fields, white tails flashing.
Aidan got to play guitar in a pawn shop today, where he also learned the (somewhat disturbing, in my opinion) fact that he could legally buy a shotgun there. But despite that thrilling (to be read with sarcasm) prospect, a shotgun did not make the cut into the panniers.
We spent the next couple hours in the town library, in comfy chairs in the quiet, air-conditioned room. We had a great interaction with one of the librarians, who took our photo in front of the fake fireplace to post to their library Facebook page!
There was about a half hour of painfully hot biking after the library, but it was great from there on. Our last snack break of the day came with a pretty pleasant view of Wisconsin hills and farmland!