Habitat 500 Day 2

There was no ac in the Albert Lea  school  gym  last night. Sleeping was a sultry affair. At least, that’s the word that best describes how my bedding stuck to me as I attempted to roll out of my inflatable bed.

We got on the road at 6:45, and peddled for 2 hours in a cloud. The water ran off of us as the humidity in the air condensed on bike and body. A rain shower  would’ve been drier. Long rips in the overcast appeared  as the moisture burned  off, and then vistas  of rolling fields of corn…and windmills.

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Being from the northern wastelands of Minnesota, I’m not well acclimated to heat and humidity. Indeed, summer  has become something of a novelty. So I held back  today so as not  to bury myself  with 5 days yet to go. Though I often ride in excess  of 19 mph, I settled for 17.8 and will live to ride  another  day.

A & W root beer floats are my new recovery  drink,

73 miles, and 1531 feet  climbed. Tomorrow  we head to the bluffs and first serious climbs.

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