UP Bike Tour – Day 2. Breakfast for 3

I slept all of two minutes last night. The drunken campers two slots over were watching the movies until midnight. And it was way colder than I expected. And my sleeping pad is useless.

So I got up early and hit the road. I ended up in Freedom (I kid you not) on the 4th of July. As I was about to raid a minimart, a local told me to eat at Rico’s around the corner . So I did.

For $12 + tip I got 2 plates of food, a giant glass of OJ, and 3 1/2 mugs of watery coffee. I simply could not eat it all. Good thing too. All the other Rico’s customers were about as large as you might expect.

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For some reason the next 15 miles seemed uphill the whole way.

There were farms. Of every persuasion. It was depressing to see the veal operations. I don’t eat veal often but I think I’ll stop altogether now.

For much of the ride I was off in space. I’d sort of snap out if it from time to time. My biking is my meditation indeed.

I was serenaded by red wing black birds all morning. Their chirps were so regular they had me wondering if something was clicking on my bike.  A pair of quail burst out of some roadside underbrush.

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The terrain began to get hillier. Despite this, I was considering pushing for an 85 mile day until I met a cross country bike tourist heading east. He stayed at the campground I was shooting for. He said it was crap so I went back to plan A. I stopped at 70 miles. The campground is quiet and has a waterfall.

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Tomorrow is set to be my first 80 mile day. That’s the plan but I’m going to take it one mile at a time,  Riding  between over and next.

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5 thoughts on “UP Bike Tour – Day 2. Breakfast for 3

  1. Welcome to the world of touring. Lack of sleep is very common in campgrounds. Every time I hear a red winged blackbird I feel like I clicked on something in Windows 99.

  2. Hey! Thanks for the photo. I remember meeting you but is was brief. I was prolly hot and bothered!! I’m surprised you found my Ronnie’s Adventure ll. I though I had not really released it and was having a few friends read it over to find all my mistakes. But hey, here you are. I have been reading through your “stuff”. It looks like you took a break from 2012 to 2016. I’m glad you are back and will ad you to my reading list.

    Your blog looks and reads great. I was tempted to do my trip on WordPress but went with blogspot instead. I like your format better. Better photo presentation.

    Anyway. I’ll be reading you. Safe travels.

    This is my daily group ride. https://www.facebook.com/groups/216932491826834/

    Most of us are retired.

    Onward,
    Ron

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