Don't expect too much thought tonight -- we were on the road for over 10 hours, and we lost an hour to the time-zone change.
Today we rode from Rensselaer to Fort Wayne -- basically covering the entire width of Indiana, although not in a direct path. The weather was beautiful -- sunny, mild winds (compared to Route 66), and very few cars. Thus far, I am very impressed with the Adventure Cycling route.
I think that Rosemary likes the new support duties for the New York trip a little better than on Route 66. On Route 66, she was supporting 25 riders and had to wait for several hours, at multiple stops, throughout the day waiting for people to come through her stop. And, even though the stops were only 30 miles apart, she often had to go back and pick people up. David and I are a lot less demanding. Basically, we just ride self-supported -- with an understanding that we will call Rosemary if we have an emergency. We almost had one this morning, but we finally found a place to buy supplies at mile 70. Two water bottles are not enough for 70 miles when you are planning on 140+ miles for the day...
Also, since David will only stay in nice hotels, Ro also gets better accommodations. Tonight, for example, we are staying in the Fort Wayne Hilton. I find it somewhat perplexing as to why David will only stay in good hotels. If you saw his apartment, you would understand my confusion.
Dogs. Dogs again. More Dogs. What's with the dogs? Indiana is all about dogs. I've ridden 4500 miles so far this year, in a dozen states, but I was chased by more dogs today than the previous five months. Almost all of them were harmless, although one almost took out David's front wheel.
Hoosier hospitality is no myth. People here are really friendly. Drivers give wide berth, wave, smile, etc. I've never experienced that before. Someone should tell Maynard Hershon -- he's looking for a bike friendly place to move to.
A few shots from the Indiana farm land. I could live here.
146 miles from Rensselaer, IN to Fort Wayne, IN
Miles the Year: 4615