Woke up to a beautiful morning beside the lake:
In general, it was a pretty straightforward riding day and pleasant enough out to take photos:
Most of the view was fields and gravel roads:
- The bike shipped at 70lbs. Add camera gear, water, some veggies and me and it was probably at 230lbs. Thats pretty heavy to go plowing through a mix of concrete and gravel on old tires.
- Don't skimp on the comfy clothes. It was a last minute decision not to take a wool hoodie and pants but it was cold and I could have used them.
- Every small town now has a Walmart, so you'll never be a stranded vegan. Though I don't promote buying things there, most of the time there weren't other options open and gas stations didn't provide much more than over-salted treenuts.
- Find a map app for the ipad that doesn't rely on service
- It's worth the few extra $$ to camp in an RV spot to charge your devices and be close to the restroom when it's 50F out
- Female solo bike touring isn't as scary as (people who have never toured) think it is. I didn't run into even one sketch situation, but encountered at least a dozen very nice folks.