Tuesday, July 16, 2013

La Crosse, WI

No Internet, long day yesterday. Rode over 525 miles to meet at friend who happened to be staying with friends & I was invited to stay here too

First friendly faces since I left home last week. Leaving shortly for Beloit, WI

Let me know if any of you are on my path for a quick coffee break. Should be passing through Madison in a couple of hours

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that's covering a ton of miles in a really short time! Hope you're able to enjoy the trip!!

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  2. Bob,
    I knew there was at least one person, maybe more, that you knew in LaCrosse but was hoping you'd make an overnight stop near Rochester. Sorry to have missed you, stay cool and safe on your way east!

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  3. Bob, I am playing catch up with your blog, was almost a week without internet in the holiday apartment I am staying...
    You have made quite some progress since you started, and eating up miles like it is nothing to you. Please take better care of yourself and stay fresh and hydrated on the bike. Your stomach and the rest of your body will thank you later for it.

    Remember, part of the journey is experiencing the local cuisine. Please don't spoil it with junk food...

    I wish you a safe continued journey and hope that you get to enjoy some nice food as well.

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  4. Atgatt will be the death of you, you cold blooded Canadian. Adapt or boil.

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  5. Finally! A well deserved chance to rest! Glad you made it to some friendly respite!

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  6. Now time to slow down? I was watching your track across MN and though that this was going to be a high mileage day. And that you weren't going at Ural speed...

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  7. Hooray for friendly faces on the lonely road.

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  8. Bob, I've been following your progress which is quite impressive. You are making pretty good time and seeing quite a bit. It looked to me like you got to see some stuff around Mt. Rushmore - sure hope you did.

    David Masse dropped by here today for coffee and set out for State College. Alas, I will not meet you there. But, Kingston for sure.

    Solo travel can result in poor eating habits. And, unless you really like cooking at your campsite, the logistics can get difficult. Perhaps you should try to eat a restaurant lunch and simultaneously get out of the heat for an hour.

    Hope you are having fun. Sounds like you are, and the pictures are good.

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  9. Wow that is an epic ride for one day! How are you doing? Ride safe dear friend

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  10. PHEW! That is a long day. Better than halfway to an ironbutt. :)

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  11. Been following your adventure. Ride safe and stay healthy. Looking forward to hearing more as you cross to the East Coast.

    ED

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  12. You're riding right into the furnace. Poor guy. Keep drinking!

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  13. I'm 30 miles southwest of Chicago along I-55 and on vacation this week. Shoot me a e-mail at FATTKAW@hotmail.com if you decide to pass through. You sure are passing through the hot zone and like the rest said "drink up!".

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  14. 525 miles! Good day, but take time to smell the roses! Great rides to you!

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  15. When it is very hot I found what works for me is to get out of the wind blast. In the wind blast at 80 mph on the Interstate I was stopping every 150 km and drinking a 32 oz of gatorade and I still got massively dehydrated. The solution was to open the zip , the vents and the collar on my old Joe Rocket while keeping the snaps done up.

    This protected me from direct wind blast which was causing dehydration and illness as well, the open vents allowed free circulation of air. People looked at me funny but I have had no further issues with dehydration in the years since.

    On my recent trip I ate well and I don't cook on the road. I buy a loaf of good whole grain bread. It used to be impossible to find anything but crappy Wonder bread in much of the US but that is changing now. One day I bought a container of yogurt to have with my bread, another a small block of good quality cheese. The bread and cheese kept me going for several days.

    Then I would have one meal a day in a restaurant, also some ice-cream and a large cold drink in the afternoon.

    I stay away from anything fried when I ride . I find it puts me right to sleep. I had a vegi-lite today at Subway with a large cold drink and it was wonderful road food. I was alert, but not hungry all afternoon.

    Myself, if feeling sleepy, I look for a shady spot with a picnic table; sit down, put my head down with my helmet on and have a brief nap.

    I rode from Golden to Williams Lake in one day despite not sleeping well due to a very loud thunder, wind and rainstorm. A brief nap at a deserted roadside picnic table and I was alert and energized for the test of the ride.

    These are some idea of the approaches that have worked well for me: the last trip just ending today.

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  16. Nuts! For some reason I haven't been getting email notifications of your blog posts, so I didn't know when you rode through LaCrosse. I'm "following" your blog but get no notifications of new posts. Ah well...

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