Saturday, July 9, 2016

78: Oh, what a beautiful morning!

Oh, what a beautiful day!

It really was. The weather was pretty much perfect for riding - it was warm by afternoon but not hot; there was almost no wind; clear skies and just a touch of humidity so you didn't dry out right away.

We continued to roll through gorgeous farmland, with decent roads and very little traffic. (In fact, the first 10 miles or so of our route today was on new pavement - smooth as butter and such a contrast to the rough roads of yesterday!) Of course, that new pavement didn't last, but we didn't have anything as bad as yesterday.

Beautiful farmland in Wisconsin
The wildflowers have changed. We are now seeing cornflowers, Queen Anne's Lace, Black-eyed Susans, daisies, and some other small yellow blooms I don't recognize.  Along with the native grasses, sorrel turning salmon and burgundy, and tall spikes of mullein, it makes for a very nice bouquet on the roadside.

Roadside wildflowers
We stopped at one rest area and filled our bottles with water from the well. Cool and fresh! But what's with the design? Several times we have seen these, and they gush the water out from the bottom.  Why not put a shorter pipe on them, so you could at least get a water bottle in underneath?

One other distinction in the farms that we have noted: the crops are almost artistically arranged in the fields. There are nice curves and swoops in the rows, and sometimes there are different crops interspersed in areas. I would like to see what the patterns are from the air! It may be that the farmers are just following the contours of the land, but it doesn't seem like that is all that is going on. In any case, it makes for a much more scenic view than the miles of straight rows stretching to infinity we have seen heretofore.
Wyatt and Charlotte

Our Warm Showers host, Adam, has two children - the first time we've stayed with someone that has youngsters at home. Charlotte and Wyatt were fun to visit with. Wyatt has completed the Hilly Hundred ride with his dad already!

The day's report:  Durand to Neillsville, 74.7 miles/3822 to date
Corn, then soybeans, then corn again - very artfully arranged!


  1. You're about 60 miles south of Hen's grandparents! They're in Holcombe.

  2. Kathy, thank you for documenting and sharing your adventure. I look forward to reading it every day.


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