As the Cycle of Hope comes to an end, I would like to say that though I have blathered on for almost two weeks, to the annoyance of some, about the ride, it isn’t really about the ride.
So what does the typical Cycle of Hope day look like?
We have been very lucky to experience a ride that has taken advantage of some of the most dramatic waterways in North America. We have ridden on the shores of Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan. We ferried across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger. Today, we followed the Mississippi River on the Great River Road. It is a scenic byway that follows the Mississippi from its headwaters in Minnesota until it reaches the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans. It is 3000 miles long and touches on 10 states. (Details are available at Great River Road).
We have been at this for over a week now, having left on Monday, July 6, with one day off this past Saturday. I have to admit that the fatigue from riding lots and lots of miles every day is finally setting in.
Here’s all you need to know about today. Hilly. Windy. 148 kilometers. 97 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here’s the story about tonight’s rest stop. Waupun was to be called Waubun, meaning “dawn of day” in Ojibwa, but someone working for the State of Wisconsin made a spelling error and the town never bothered to change it. (I can empathize with this poor guy. As I was writing this post, I had to keep checking the spelling of the city name, only to find that I actually spelled it incorrectly.) Every place has its own little peculiarity and that is it for Waubun/Waupun.