Wonderful Wisconsin

Post for May 24, 2021

When I entered Hastings with my cycling group, on May 22, I had a tough time keeping up at the end of the ride, even when others carried most of my gear. My legs were wore out.

I try cycling 300 miles a week, about 50 miles a day. Iā€™m strong enough now that cycling 50 miles in a day feels alright, but waking up the next day and cycling 50 again, and again the next day, and again for 5 or 6 days wears down my legs, especially since my bike 90 pounds (41 kg). All that weight comes from with gear, groceries, and water.

After taking a day off in Hastings, my legs felt refreshed, on May 24. The scenery made them and the rest of me feel even better. For friends and family in Minnesota, I highly recommend spending a weekend near Lake Pepin in Wisconsin. It’s close, full of towering bluffs, wonderful water, and other beautiful bits that are surprisingly different than Minnesota. For friends further away, I hope you can see Wisconsin too. It’ll just take you longer to get here.

My friend Luke has a cabin near Lake Pepin, which is between Minnesota and Wisconsin. He let me spend the night in his cabin, which made a wonderful day even better. Luke, thanks so much.

Today’s song is Life is Sweet. The song starts sombre, which could relate to living in a pandemic, but the song picks up later. And for anyone in Minnesota, I’ll add that life can be sweet in new ways if you take a little trip to Wisconsin.