Mercy Riders

Pushing pedals, pushing hope

June 22, One Year Later

The last few days were sub-100 miles days.  Today we’re going for 110+ or so.  Over 5 passes.

Back in Illinois, and in Wisconsin, planning for and doing a century ride is pretty straight forward.  We aren’t far from civilization and it’s relatively flat.  I’m guessing it’s not a template that can be applied throughout the ride, but here we go…

We’re going to end up this evening at Major’s Station.  About 2/3’s of the way through the day’s ride, we go through Ely and treat ourselves to a rootbeer float and a cool dip of the our feet in a stream in a nearby park.  I’d like to come back here as there’s an old train system in place.  Michelle and the boys might return the next day.  Just before getting to our final destination, we get another treat; a long downhill.

Major’s Station is a bar with a gravel lot around it, some of it dedicated to vehicle campers.  It has a shower that costs a couple bucks each.  Outside there’s an adjoining fenced in pen area (with antler ‘barbed wire’) with goats.  We’re allowed to roll out sleeping bags on the back patio.  For whatever reason the bugs aren’t bad.  We’ve had no rain.  It hasn’t been oppressive hot.  We’re lucky and we know it, and pray each morning it continues.

at Major's Station

at Major’s Station