Today was an easy 58 mile ride from Fond du Lac to Manitowoc. We are on the shores of Lake Michigan. Tomorrow we take the ferry across the lake to Michigan. That will put me in the eastern time zone! We are closing in on New Hampshire, the finish is only two weeks from tomorrow…

Wisconsin has turned out to be a delightful place to cycle. There was the famous Elroy Sparta bike trail. The country roads rolled through very gentle hills with almost no traffic. The farms sprinkling the roadside were postcard perfect, and many were cheese producing (Wisconsin produces more than 35 percent of all cheese made in US). In general, the green farmland everywhere was immensely soothing, especially since I rode most of the time alone. One thing I have not mentioned about all this corn (and probably soybean) is that it is genetically modified. The stalks are planted inches apart. And there are signs everywhere for the seed, and most don’t sound the least bit organic. Not sure I know enough to opine on all that, but somehow was a bit disconcerting…

I am feeling very strong on the bike these days. It’s clear that this much riding has definitely made me stronger. And amazingly, the bike feels really good. I don’t have any saddle sores: I guess you toughen up. My neck doesn’t feel stiff at the end of a ride. I feel very comfortable just being on the bike. As is true with many endurance sports when your conditioning hits a certain point, the training feels good. I’m in that zone, but probably shouldn’t say much since tomorrow something might go wrong.

Speaking of which, we had a big crash today. Six riders in a paceline went down. The front two riders had wheels overlap. When wheels touch, the outcome is nearly irreversible (the best riders might know how to handle it, but it’s not something you can practice). And once a front rider goes down, so goes the rest of the group. Luckily, there was only some mangled bicycle parts and road rash. No broken bones or injuries resulting in anyone needing to stop the ride. So, count ’em, we have had four crashes so far: Mike, who went into a pole the second day (and is fully recovered); Tom, who crashed on Teton pass (broken pelvis and gone home); Ray, broken shoulder (gone home), and these six riders who are still with us. The one thing they have in common is that they don’t involve any vehicles. Just rider errors, which is the most common cause of biker accidents. Kind of makes you feel better about worrying about cars?

Sign for seed/fertilizer for genetically modified crops

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