Day 3 Algona to Clear Lake

Riders passing windmills east of Algona

Anne is the rider closest to the “No Passing Zone” sign

Today was a good day to be a windmill operator in northern Iowa.

It was a short distance day but still tiring with strong crosswinds and headwinds and only a few miles od tailwinds. Also, bandwidth is marginal tonight so this is a short post.

Our group made it to Clear Lake in good shape, with interesting stops end route including the Hobo Museum in Britt and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. My personal objectives for pie and beer were very well met. Mulberry pie from the Catholic Daughters of Wesley is the best of 9 slices I’ve had so far this ride. (Just slightly ahead of my goal of 1 slice per 25 miles).20170725_0846_Day3-MulberryPie

Anne and I got a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich (good, not great) tonight as well, so we’re checking lots of things off our list.

Tomorrow we may check off “Riding in thunderstorms”–the forecast is pretty brutal but we hope to leave here early (before 7:00 would be good) and stay ahead of a slow moving trough* of low pressure aloft. (*It’s like a cold front but even more likely to produce strong unstable lifting of air). Dewpoints are around 72°F here and in Charles City, our overnight town tomorrow. Very humid. I’m not worried about severe storms during the ride, I’m worried we won’t be able float the Charles City Whitewater Park on inner tubes.

For anyone about to ride, this t-shirt should be a caution:20170725_1005_Day3-tshirt

I still think there’s a good chance I’ll be posting here tomorrow night.  Cheers!

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