I left my ol Boy Scout camp site the wrong way and emerged on a nasty piece of gravel road. Large rocks, deep and wet. Rode about 6 miles of this crap to Waverly and was really tired.
I camped on a beautiful bluff near LaPorte be an old 1850 homestead . It took a lot of effort to get the bike and gear up the cliff, er bluff. I had to sit down at top as I was lightheaded and dizzy. Likely needed some calories.
Yesterday I called local Cedar Rapids bike shops looking for a new front pannier as I have one that leaks, and we certainly have the rain to test it! I was talking to Stacie and mentioned my trip from Indy. Stacie then asked me, “Are you biking across country and possibly to Alaska?”
Mark sent a few videos of stormy Iowa.
See Mark’s update on finding an open campsite and state park.
Today I biked from Bennett’s park in Bennet, IA, to Cedar Rapids. Only about 52 miles but definitely getting tired not to mention 2000 ft of climbing.
This area is fabulous due to rolling hills and bike paths connecting local communities from Solon to Cedar Rapids and to tomorrow’s location of Waterloo. True biking community.
I’m typing this or trying to while laying in my 1-man/person tent. Kinda cramped quarters as I have clothes hanging everywhere in attempt to dry them out. BTW even water proof socks fail when riding for 7 hours in rain.
But back to the Mighty Miss… Crossed the Mississippi River today from Rock Island to Davenport. Really great experience and gives me the sense of accomplishment and that I’m really out West now.
It rained all night, constantly, where I had my tent set up on the Hennepin towpath between Illinois River and the canal. I dreamed all night that the waters would rise, and I would be washed to the Mississippi River and eventually found in the New Orleans Delta.
About time that the wind was out of the east. Bout time the land changed from plowed monoacreage fields to hills, caves, and Starved Rock.
Day started in a Kankakee hotel where I discovered the elevator was broken. This meant unloading the bike, carrying it down from my room on the 3rd floor to the lobby, then 3 more trips to get all bags on the bike. Ok – already tired.