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We were up at 5 and out by 6 with the knowledge that we had a long hot ride ahead of us. Walking out of the door we were struck by the mist that was everywhere, making it look almost eerie.

Descending down the hill was an amazing feeling. We were riding through the mist and it was gorgeous, although a little chilly. We made it down in to the town of Prairie de Chien and across the bridge over the Mississippi which took us in to Iowa.

As soon as we crossed the bridge we had the main climb of the day to do. It was our longest climb to date, only a couple of miles, and with the humidity we were drenched by the top. It was energy sapping although the length meant that we made it to the top before needing a break.

Going along the top was definitely nicer than riding through the valley. It was still fairly misty, but visibility improved a bit and the humidity was a little lower. A couple of hours later and the sun had managed to burn through the cloud and we had clear skies. While the temperature rose, the heat index didn’t really rise.

By the peak of the days heat we were on a bike trail again, which gave us some much needed shade to take us the rest of the way to Cresco.

When we arrived we rang the door bell, but got no response. We laid in the shade in the garden waiting for our hosts to get back home and ended up napping. We were woken up 20 minutes later by dogs barking behind us and 30 seconds later the front door opened and we were welcomed in for a night of delicious local food and bike maintenance with Bob and Pam.

C on Pam’s recumbent.

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