Avg Speed: 17.5
Avg Heart Rate: 114
Climbing: 476 ft
Calories Burned: 1,560 (so says my Garmin ... it's higher!)
Pancake flat ... nice tailwind part of the day ... bonus miles with Beth ... Frankenmuth
Today' route and map -- to be posted
Our first morning "route wrap" was scheduled for 7:30. As usual, Dave and I were downstairs about 30 minutes before luggage load (also 7:30), and the breakfast area was empty. Folks just love to get an early start and stand in line. Another waffle and bowl of oatmeal later, I was outside and threw my luggage on almost last. We got our cue sheets for the day and ... boom, they were off. By the time I got my gloves on, almost everyone was gone. Not up for any chasing, I eased into the day as I passed a local casino. It was fun to see and talk briefly with folks usually on the road before me. After a short 2 miles, we turned south and into a cross wind that slowed us some. That lasted over 16 miles before we turned in Alma (Scotland USA).
|Soaring Eagle Casino ... Just Down The Road From Our Hotel|
|Some Farms Were Not Pristine|
|The Detour ... I was Laughing Too Hard to Take One of Beth or I|
I was only at the SAG for a short while and was off to make up some time. Not much to see, no climbs, just me ... free to ride hard when I wanted to, and coast when I wanted to ... almost perfect conditions. Before I knew it, I was in Birch Run with 81 miles done just after 12:00. I am definitely in the east ... my first 7/11 in 5+ weeks appeared.
|Me Drafting A Tractor|
|Kim Drafting The Tractor|
|Bavaria ? ... No, It's Frankenmuth|
|One Of The "Chicken Dinner" Spots|
|Joe's 1 Pound Bacon BLT|
|Half A Gallon Of Ice Cream Sundae|
Another flat day tomorrow into Port Huron. A little longer (87 miles), but no worries. Maybe the gang will stay together for a change. If not, no worries. On Friday we head into Canada.
Good night moon ... good night Beth (bonus miles made for a great laugh) ... good night flat roads and tail winds (please come back tomorrow) ... good night Bavaria (or least Frankenmuth) ... good night Federal News Radio - AM 1500 (talk with you tomorrow afternoon)