We decided on a shorter day today as the hills and humidity are taking a toll on us. Enjoyed coffee and showers at the campground and talked to our new friend Fred.
Pretty cool to cross the Rothbun Dam as it is over a mile wide. The weather was not cooperating with us this morning and I am not complaining as we have been so lucky with weather all throughout our journey. The wind proved to be too much for me so 5 miles into our ride we stopped for cherry pie and ice cream. When we got to the highway the wind was blowing so hard we decided the safer option to be the backroads. This would add just a few extra miles. What’s a few more miles:)
We traveled thru the hilly countryside and towns of Moravia and Blakesburg. We had seen Eddyville on the map and wanted to stay in that town as we have a good friend that has a lake house in Eddyville, KY. Yes..we know we are in Iowa:). Tonight was a hotel night which I am quite fond of….checked in at the Eddyville Inn and spent the rest of the day checking out the local pubs. (2058 miles)
These photos definitely don’t show the wind
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Woke up at the Princeton Fairgrounds and changed in my little yellow house. Enjoyed a great breakfast at Homemade Cafe. I went to pay and was informed Chris and Orville Trainer picked up our check. We had met Chris the night before for just a few moments….yet ANOTHER random act of kindness during our journey. A few unexpected stops today due to one of my tires leaking. Today was a huge day for us as we entered Iowa, put in a 70 mile day, and pedaled across mile 2000! A fabulous end to our day was the wonderful Lake Rothbun retreat. (2019 miles)
Woke up to more news regarding heat warnings….figured we should get a big breakfast in at the Corner Cafe and check out the town before pushing out. Out goal was to pedal 25 miles before resting in Trenton during the hottest part of the day. We took a tour thru Jamesport which is an Amish community but it being Sunday there wasn’t much to see. Arrived in Trenton and quickly found a McDonalds to hang out at. We spoke to a super nice couple that convinced us to alter our route. They promised flatter roads and a wide shoulder:). A great move as the roads were great and we arrived in Princeton early evening. The bartender at Crossroad Bar and Grill helped set us up with camping at their local fairground. She even cleared it with the town sheriff:). Such a hot/sticky night we didn’t bother getting our sleeping bags out. (1950 miles)
Another day of rolling hills and Gene had a tough time getting going today. I am pretty sure he is low on fuel even though he blames it on bad nights sleep at a hotel. We stopped in Clarksdale and caught part of a softball game and after traveling through Maysville and Weathersby we had a really nice rest stop at Flannery’s. Really happy the road flattened out late day! We were able to catch some racing at the track and a livestock show in Galliston. The livestock show ended after dark so we headed to the Sandman Hotel. Gene wanted snacks so he stopped off at Casey’s and pulled in 10 minutes later with a police escort. I guess they wanted to make sure he arrived at the Sandman safely. (1898 miles)