There’s truly nothing more motivating than mosquitos. We were packed up and biking away within a half hour of waking up!
Gas stations are wonderful places. We can count on finding everything we need there – water, chips, air conditioning, and a bathroom. The really great ones have ice and interesting people. When we came upon one of those glorious signs with the price of gas lit up in red, we pulled over. That was our breakfast spot – the curb outside the gas station, and we had a number of great conversations. We talked to the woman behind the counter, a few people walking in and out, and the group of retired guys who meet up every morning with their coffee to talk at the little table in the store.
We started biking again, made a right turn toward Crystal Lake, and suddenly found ourselves biking with the wind! I kid you not, there was a tailwind. We weren’t working nearly as hard as yesterday, but we were moving almost twice as fast!
Brian, our host for the night, pulled over to introduce himself when he saw us pedaling along. He recommended taking the bike path that runs along the side of the highway, which was great riding! It had steeper hills, which made for some really enjoyable downs – fast and without cars!
We showered almost immediately upon arrival (it had been awhile) and then took the time to clean up and organize our gear.
It was unbelievably hot all afternoon. The temperature was actually only 85 degrees, but with the humidity (as was noted by our weather apps) felt like 100.
We drove with Jim to drop one of his granddaughters off at her dance practice, then went to the store where we got fuel for our stove and yet more lunch food. There was an entire aisle there dedicated to beef jerky, which was like holy ground to Aidan.
We’re so thankful to be spending the night in a cozy house under a solid roof right now! And tomorrow’s weather looks great for where we’ll be!