Day 34 - Mauston to Fond du Lac WI
Mileage: 95 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Upper 60s to end. Strong winds out of the NNE. Rain at the end of the day.
Highlights of the day:
It was cloudy but dry this morning when we rolled out of the hotel. Winds built throughout the day. They weren’t exactly headwinds but I wouldn’t call them tailwinds either. They were mostly rear quartering, somewhat helpful. A few turns north and they slowed us down a lot. A few turns south and they were a lot of fun. The rain held off until around noon, unlike the forecasts that said nothing until 2. Ah well, we can’t get super lucky all the time. That wouldn’t be fair. Summary on the weather? Not too bad. Wish the winds were calmer and the skies a little drier but the temps? We will keep the lights in the upper 60s / low 70s thank you very much.
Today we rolled on into more farmland for most of our ride. Rolling hills covered in corn, soybeans, and something that I think might have been clover or thyme but I’m not sure. It was simply beautiful and had that great herby smell too. Some riders also saw & heard some Sandhill Cranes.
A key feature today was the American Legion Brat Fry! We’re in Wisconsin. They were grilling brats. We had no choice. Starting around 11:30 in the morning, riders stopped to feast on bratwurst with all the fixings. A little soul food Wisconsin style, boiled in beer and grilled to perfection. Riding is about the food and enjoying local cuisine along the way. We couldn’t miss one in Princeton WI. It has been designated at the Best Brat Fry in Wisconsin. How much better could it get?!
Second SAG was at a Subway (yes, more food) and then the riders rolled on into the rain towards Fond du Lac.
On the way into town, some of us saw all kinds of planes flying overhead of all shapes and sizes. Biplanes. Props. Jets. Singles. Formations. They were headed north towards Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. It’s one of the largest airshows in the world. It was a nice diversion while grinding out the last 10 miles of a 90+ mile day. If the weather is clear tomorrow, we should see lots more.
Time for washing wet clothes and (most importantly) the post-dinner t-shirt swap!