Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 24th, 2010 - Spring Green to Prairie du Chien - day 8

Mileage for today was 73 miles - 90 degrees, humid, with a heat index of 100 degrees

We met Michelle & Steve at the General Store for breakfast at 8:00AM. Once we arrived there we found out that they don't start serving until 9:00 but they could give us yogart and granola or oatmeal. So we ordered that so that we could get going as soon as possible. We knew we only had about 38 miles to go to Boscobel today but that it was going to get very hot.

We left Spring Green about 8:40 and headed out of town. Within 15 minutes we came upon our first hill and it was getting very hot even that early in the morning. The scenery was incredible and we biked along the river for quite some time. Michelle had told us about a German (Minnonite) restaurant that was in Muscoda and so we were all excited about getting there to eat. Upon arrive we found that it was closed - they are only open on Wed thru Saturday each week. So we had some more gatorade and headed to Boscobel. Upon arriving at Boscobel we went to a local restaurant and ate lunch and decided that it was to early to turn in for the day and that if we took our time we could make it all the way to Prairie du Chien. Everyone made sure that our water bottles were full of gatorade and ice and we headed out.

Throughout the day we had a number of hills but nothing to serious. Overall it was a very nice bike ride even though it was very hot and humid. It wasn't to hot until we would stop and get off the bike and then we really felt the heat and humidity.

We arrived in Prairie du Chien around 5:00PM and while checking into the Super 8 we saw the weather report and it was 93 degrees with a heat index of 100. We had just finished 73 miles of biking and we were really looking forward to a cool shower.

Michelle and Steve decided to get a room at the Super 8 also because of it being so hot (versus camping tonight). Once everyone was showered we walked over to the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and bought items from the deli and came back to the lobby of the hotel and enjoyed dinner and drinks and sharing stories between the 4 of us. The best story told was by Michelle of a biking and camping trip near LaCrosse. When they were told, after they had there tent set up, that there were tornado warnings in the area. Her response was "I guess we better go into town and buy more tent stakes". Now that's what I call a girl with a sense of adventur.

Great day of biking with good company! Look out Iowa because here we come!

Total miles as of today is 428.

Happy trails!

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