Close

Seek Deke And Find Bikes

Hank – Sister Nina sent us off with bananas and some brownies she made from scratch. We had sidewalk and paved pathway almost all the way to West Salem. Then we got on the La Crosse River Trail and took that to Sparta. The unpaved trail has a very nice hard and smooth surface. I enjoyed it very much.

Sparta declares itself to be the Cycling Capital of America. I don’t know how that can be verified so I’ll have to take their word for it. They certainly decorate the city accordingly. We had lunch at Dorinne’s Family Inn Restaurant. The food was good. When we were leaving I noticed there was a museum nearby. The Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum. So of course we had to go there. There were lots of cool bikes in the place as well as some space memorabilia.

Kathy had her sixth flat tire of the trip. This time it was a thin piece of wire, probably from a shredded steel belted tire.

Leaving Sparta we took state highway 16 all the way to Tomah. Kathy was feeling run down so we stopped for a rest and an electrolyte boost. She felt much better for the last ten miles. We stopped at the Kwik Trip in Tomah and picked up food and wine for this evening and tomorrow morning. Kwik Trip is great because they carry fresh fruit and vegetables. Bananas are only 38 cents a pound.

We finished up by riding to the KOA campground in Oakdale. Today was s 55-mike day. Tomorrow we’re looking at 51 miles to Coloma.

Kathy – Today we rode a total of 56 miles. Our 14 miles on the LaCrosse River Trail was little slow since it was not paved. I usually not a fan of unpaved roads but this one was very hard packed with dirt and gravel so it was good. It was also beautiful.

When we had about 17 miles left of our ride, it was really hot and I was feeling really sluggish. I decided to try one of the electrolyte packets that Tara our new friend from Mason City, Iowa had given me. Remember, Tara is an endurance cyclist who rides 100 miles everyday for fun. She is very knowledgeable about keeping your body nourished during rides. She also pretty bada$$ too. πŸ˜„. Anyway, I used a half packet of “The Right Stuff” and within a few minutes I was feeling great again. This is a great supplement to replace your depleted electrolyte balance. I will be ordering online some of “The Right Stuff.” Thank you Tara! Overall, it was a good day of riding. πŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ

About the author hankgreer

All posts by hankgreer →

7 Comments

  1. I just figured out why Kathy gets all the flat tires and Hank gets none!! Kathy rides point.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. So I guess it’s fair that I’m fixing them. πŸ™‚

      Like

      Reply

  2. Sheila Brunton July 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Keep on livin’ the dream! We hold you in the light!πŸ‘πŸš΄πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŒŸ

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Thank you, Sheila. Our best to you and Paul.

      Like

      Reply

    2. Thank you Sheila! Sending love to you and Paul. πŸ’—

      Like

      Reply

  3. We wanted to wish you the best on your adventure πŸš΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Thank you inviting us to your blog. Hope you stayed dry in your tent home at Camperland. It was nice talking with you for a few minutes.
    Darrell & Sherry ( retired Air Froce couple from AL )

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thank you, Darrell. It was a pleasure meeting you and Sherry. We stayed dry in our tent. Not so much on the ride to Redgranite. 😁 We arrived safely and are trying to dry everything out.

      Like

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: