Last night was different... We were actually cold! Yes, I said cold!
We got up at 4:30 and started packing. Our things were packed and on the truck by 5:30. We were on the road by 5:45. We road the first hour at about 16 miles an hour! We were flying.
We stopped for breakfast in Lost City. We had some wonderful pancakes. That we ate without fork. :-) I asked a local resident why it was called Lost City. She gave me two answers: 1) A family by the name of Lost settled there. When they came to visit the family was gone and the name stuck. 2) "Something about the Lost Indians. I liked story 1! Bev also shared that she had only lived in the town 30 years. Those newcomers!
We continued on our journey. The pace was quick.
We stopped in Charlotte for lunch. We met Steve Varnum who has cycled at least 100 miles on each state. He was very engaging and shared a quick version of his life. He did not start his adventure until he was 70 and his wife past away. They were high school sweethearts that we're separated until later in life. He is 74 and an inspiration to me. Biking50states.wordpress.com
After our stop in Charlotte it was Clinton and the Mississippi! We road while thinking of what we had just accomplished. We both wept that we could do such a thing. Two normal people getting on a bike and riding to the Mississippi. We are both powerfully made with the support of our family, friends, and church. We knew you were with us with every peddle! If you want to hear stories, we will share!
As we entered Clinton it was like a parade. People where cheering, kids giving high 5's as we passed, and we were waving like the grand marshals. It truly was amazing.
Then the Mississippi... What more to say??? We dipped our tires and kissed. I find myself tearing thinking about it. I am a blessed man!
Now back to the truck one last time to drop our bikes off for the trip back to Sioux Center and one last group shower at the local pool.
As I write this I am on the bus with rain falling. From 105 to 71... Iowa is an amazing place! Is this heaven? No, it is Iowa!
This has all been done on my iPhone . Please excuse all the errors.