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Friday 31st May

A early start on a beautiful morning. A nice down hill cycle ride to our breakfast stop. The campsite last night was called mini mountain, should of realised when we headed for it that it would be on top of a hill! I think I’m all omeletted out so asked for a blueberry pancake . It was a huge portion 3 pancakes in all but delicious.

No I didn’t finish it all. Breakfast done time to hit the road another 50 miles to do today. Mostly down hill on quite roads.

And some road signs to keep us amused along the way

We crossed our 1st time zone gaining another hour, as we had decided to stay in a motel for the night we arrived to early for check in. A early dinner in Denny’s next door solved that problem.

Thursday 30th May

The day started with a rain storm. We packed the tent as quick as we could. As always we look for a breakfast stop. 5 miles in we find a diner so our normal omelette and home fries were in order.

It brightened up with in the hour and left a nice warm sunny day, hopefully the storms are over. It’s getting warmer as the days go on. Starting to feel like summer at last.

Not much happened today, the roads are busier the closer we get to Chicago. We have about 80 miles to do then we should be there. Hopefully Saturday.

After 50 easy miles we rolled in to a campsite. $40 and it’s a bit of a dump the showers are disgusting. Motels are definitely better value. We will definitely book one tomorrow night!

Wednesday 29th May

Good weather and nice easy going roads made our 50 miles total today easy.

We passed through a Amish town and got passed by lots of horse and buggies. It’s quite something hearing a horse behind you getting closer and closer, fortunately they passed us giving plenty of space.

We came to a large flea market and decided to look around. It was full of the usual trash and trinkets and a mixture of old and new. And a mixture of handmade goods. worth some time off the bikes for a look around, but not being able to carry anything extra/large we didn’t stay long. 15 more miles to go we pushed on to the campsite.

The campsite was a mosquito ridden swamp but the showers were clean and we managed to find a dry spot to put the tent up. Just got eaten alive!

Tuesday 28th May

After a very poor breakfast in the motel, stale bran flakes and long life orange juice. We set out. We had a warm showers host for the night 35 miles away. It was windy and dry yes the wind was against us. I know we’re going the wrong way!

We had another state line crossing we are now in Indiana although there was no sign to inform us.

It was a struggle today hills and heat and a head wind but we rolled into meet our host at the bike shop that he owned at 3:30pm not a bad time.

We introduced ourselves to Joe our host and as he had a bike shop we brought some bits that we need. Chain oil and as I was still having problems with my saddle moving a new seat post for my bike. Hopefully I will be more comfortable from now on.

Joe and his wife didn’t finish work till 5 but very trustingly let us go to their house 3 doors down and make ourselves comfortable. So we used their washing machine with permission and relaxed watching TV drinking a beer Joe gave us until they come home.

In the evening they took us out for a meal in the local restaurant it turned out that they owned that too, they also have a yoga studio, Libby his wife is a instructor she invited us to do a class, we declined. And a boutique shop that Libby ran with her mum. Joe is also running for Mayor and competes in Ironman competitions I don’t know where they get the time and energy. Busy life’s and we’re grateful that they can find the time to host. We had a lovely room and the bed had a remote control mattress to change it’s firmness. Luxurious.

After a lovely meal and evening we bid them goodnight. When we asked what time we needed to be out by, they said no hurry. They were going early and to help our selves to breakfast and let ourselves out. People are really trusting over here so far.