Today: 100.27 miles Total: 2284.5 miles 10.13.10
Spending yesterday with Chanel was really fun. It was really nice to see (such an inviting) friend. She couldn’t seem to tell me how happy she was to have us there. I wonder how much she loves U of M. But she was so happy to have us there and it made me feel great.
I woke up at 7:50am and moved all of our bags from Chanel’s room to the porch. Chelsea and Chanel both woke up and made tea. I made yogurt with kiwi, peach, granola, banana, and apple for the three of us. We ate it on the porch in the perfect weather that Chanel claims only happens when people visit. 🙂 She sent us with carrots and apples today.
I put on a fresh pair of socks. Up until this point, I’ve worn the same 2 pair. But 3 weeks ago, in Itasca State Park, I lost a sock, so I’ve actually only worn 3 socks over the past 38 days. This is pretty exciting!
We loaded up and said goodbye and were biking through campus at 9:20am.
State Street to Packard Road and out of Ann Arbor we went. Today was the most mellow and easy day of biking. I zoned, it was easy, and I don’t remember any of it. Booyah.
It seems as though it has taken this long, more or less, for the biking to finally become mindless. I might as well ride to the Atlantic Ocean or something! Not.
We had lots of turns and side roads and stuff to negotiate today. We crossed into Ohio, which lacked the elaborate and enormous sign I had been anticipating for 2000 miles. Instead, I didn’t even realize that we had crossed into my home state. Dangit.
From the time we entered Toledo until our exit from the city, it sucked. I get so freaked out in big cities. And also, apparently, cities that aren’t so big. We went over a bridge, through some smelly industrial areas, and through some struggling neighborhoods. Ohio, the way we entered, is horribly unappealing. Flat, concrete-filled, smelly, with lots of power towers and telephone poles. Everything I love so dearly.
We rode 10 or 15 miles on a bike trail to Freemont, which was nice. I stopped in a big pumkin field and took (and by “took” I suppose I mean “stole”) a pumpkin that I have every intention to carve.
Chelsea insisted on getting 100 miles today, so at 90ish miles we headed northeast on a rt. 6 out of Freemont. After 100 miles, I pulled into the first farm house and got permission to camp on the yard of Kenny and family. We’re in farm country now. We didn’t stop biking until after 7pm, which is far too dark for my liking. But she got her first century ride. There is lightening and thunder to the W. I quickly set up the tent, we made a bunch of food and “enjoyed” freeze-dried “cheesecake” for dessert. It’s about to rain; we’re lucky the rain held off all day.
My trip is so much different with Chelsea here. Namely, it doesn’t rain every single day like it used to. ha ha.
The temperature is great. The mosquitos aren’t.