Day 33 – Madison, WI – Rest Day

Real quick power blog, as i have 19 minutes until we load the truck.  Sorry for typos.

Yesterday, we had a great day as we took a Trek Factory Tour in Waterloo, WI.  It was a lot of fun, as the entire team went and had a great informal tour with Jason Mountford of Trek.  Got to see the way they fabricate the Trek carbon fiber bikes.  It’s really cool, how they make them in pieces, glue them together, bond/sand them, paint and decal.  Looks really easy, but it’s all the intricacies that makes Trek the bike they are today.

Yesterday was also bike clean day.  You might remember a couple of days ago that I got a tire flat.  Well, it was a sidewall tear, and I put a dollar bill in the tire to help keep the sidewall from tearing more.  It worked.  But I went ahead and switched it out with a new tire.  I also put on my new chain.  So, I am hopefully good for the rest of the ride.

We also got a nice surprise with a visit from Bob Dumke, a 2007 Big Rider, and his wife Barbara.  They brought lots of goodies for the team.  We’ve had several cities where we’ve met previous riders, and it’s really nice to sit and chat about their experience.  At this point, I’m always curious how it is getting back into life after the ride.

Today, we may have our toughest challenge as we have a 95 mile route into the wind down to Garden Prairie, IL.  Oh, our 8th state today in Illinois.  I hope to get a good state line picture.  The next two days, we’ll spend a couple hundred miles getting around Chicago, and we still won’t be done.  We are also starting the first day of 6 days on the road until our next rest day in Ohio.  Hard to think we’ll be in Ohio in a week.

Hard to leave Madison, as it’s been a fun town to be in.

Talk with you in Garden Prairie.


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