Is this heaven? Yes.
The first half of the Day 5 especially. We loved New Hampton.
But in our overnight town of Cresco there was not even enough bandwidth to send a text. I’m now in Decorah, Friday morning, at the wonderful main library. I’m just going to post a few unedited pictures below and treat this entry as a placeholder and then I’ll finish this post later. Likely not tonight because Waukon is another small (3,800?) town where we probably won’t get on the Internet. (Note: One week later, I added a few pictures at the end. -Eric)
We’really still having a great time. But these last 2 days have real hills. Talk to you as soon as I can.
The pictures above were taken in Lawler, including the Starlite Ballroom which is a very nice place in the spirit if not the large extent of Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom. We had a really nice time in this town–I wrote our team names on the wall west of the Ballroom.
After Lawler our route headed north and then took a short detour east to the Czech settlement of Protivin, where the residents put on a great effort for a town with a population of 283 according to Wikipedia.
At the impressive Catholic church outside of town, riders with enough arm strength could ring the steeple bell. I managed one gong.
The second half of this day seemed very long to us. The generally-easterly winds have gotten a bit tiresome. But the countryside is beautiful and the campsite Jim found us in Cresco was somewhat secluded and fairly quiet by RAGBRAI standards.
Once we hung up our wet clothes (not a lot drier than they were at the end of rainy Day 4), we referred to our site as “Hobo Camp”. It was colorful.