"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

July 25, 2008

Summer 2008 Bicycle Tour - June 21, 2008

June 21, 2008 - 51.2 miles

Earlier today, I got rained on twice when thunderstorms rolled through. The first time I was a dumb-dumb and didn't put on my raincoat. Ten minutes later, my clothes were soaked through and the temperature dropped ten or fifteen degrees. Since I'm an absolute wuss about cold, I was visibly shivering. Luckily, I found a bar that was open where I was able to change in their restroom and grab some food. An hour or two later, another downpour erupted. This time, I got smart and hid under some trees until it passed. After the second rain ended, steam rose up from the asphalt on the road. It was a rather pretty sight. Hope the pictures came out. (Added later: They didn't. :( )

Made it to Glidden, WI and squealed with delight when I saw the 'free camping' sign that led me to the town's park. In the back of the park in the area farthest from the road, there are some bleachers that face nothing/somebody's backyard. I sat there trying to figure out why in the hell they were there. I don't know. Maybe there used to be something there, a baseball field or something. Anyway, I wasn't relishing the thought of setting up my tent and repacking it in the morning so I tried to sleep on the bleachers in just my sleeping bag. (There was a roof over the bleachers so I wasn't worried about rain.) But, the waves of mosquitoes drove me to set up the tent anyway.

Thanks to this bicycle tour, rain makes me paranoid now. :(


erin said...

Oh god, the sky is foreboding in those pictures!

Anonymous said...

I can just imagine your fatigue after 51 miles that day, and having been rained on and all, trying to sleep on bleachers because you were just too tired to even set up a tent.
Rain and storms are fun if you are someplace safe and warm. You were wet and cold, and not real safe under a tree!
I LOVE all these stories! What a great trip!

Ferd said...

I don't know what I did, but my comment showed up twice as anonymous. I might have been leaning on "return."

Mister Scott said...

i have very much enjoyed following your bicycling adventures... there is something peaceful in even the most foreboding skies, when viewed from the road alone.

Berryvox said...

Erin - It is! It didn't look nearly that creepy in person.

Ferd - It's probably Blogger's fault. It's always Blogger's fault. :D

I feel like I should be writing more about the places but I fell into the bad habit of paying too much attention to the miles and not the scenery around me.


Scott - Not when you've just been rained on!

Heh, glad you like them. :)

Charles Sapp said...

I love the pictures especially the one with virga (rain off to the distance). I am glad to be able to read your blog again.

Titania Starlight said...

Those sure are some ominous looking clouds. I love it just right before a storm. I feel so energized.