Today was windier than yesterday, but the mileage was shorter. Thank God for small things. We added a new friend to our pace line which really helped. We came upon Aleta at 11 miles or so and she was riding by herself. As we hung out for a moment in 15 mph winds gusting to 29mph, she said to me with a sly smile, “This day just could not get any better could it?”. There was something about her sense of humor I liked instantly so when she asked to come with us, we didn’t hesitate. When Robin and I ride in a pace line, we share the work 50%. When we add a third rider, we rotate who is on front and each do 30% of the work. This is a huge savings over the course of a very tough challenging windy day. Still managed to find interesting things to see and photograph.
Tomorrow we head to Springfield, capital of Illinois, and a well deserved day off. Yes the wind persists, but we’re told to expect a little less wind I’ll be grateful if this happens! Pedaling on through this tough challenge. As a final note, as I pedal into day 4, I am definitely getting stronger both mentally and physically.