July 21, 2001, Sat.
Day 7 Sat, July 21, Fond Du Lac, WI to Manitowoc, WI. 59 miles, 3 hr 45 min 35 sec, 15.7 mph.
Wake up 6:00, breakfast 7:00. Nice buffet in hotel, scrambled eggs, pancakes, cold cereal, juice. Forecast is H H H.
Todays ride once we got out of the city and it was another excellent day. Every day something different, exciting, interesting or funny happens. Today I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Kelly and Joe Mertens at their dairy farm. They are very hard working people; sensitive people. Also, I had a very nice chat with Gerald Salm at his dairy farm just down the road. This is really a lot of fun, sometimes the cycling is quite taxing but it is so special to have the time, freedom, and inclination to do what I am doing, I feel so fortunate, and I thank you all for your kind words and support.
I didn't stop for lunch as I expected to be in before 1 PM. I arrived at exactly 1 PM at the Super 8 Motel in Manitowoc, checked in, hung out for a bit and went next door for lunch at the Four Seasons Family Restaurant. Then I cleaned and lubed my bike. I have a different roommate for tonight, Steve Haylett, from Notingham England. He has been a member of the police department for 21 years, he is currently a police inspector for the dept. SWAT team. He has cycled various parts of Europe and been in the U.S. several times, but he is here now to do this cross country ride. I like to hear him talk, his accent is so British.
Guess where we went out to dinner!!! Ponderoooosah!!!! Another buffet! Yes, my food intake was LARGE!! Then we had route rap for tomorrow and Mon. I will have about 3 or 4 hours in the AM to tour around Manitowoc, but I need to be at the ferry at 12 noon and the ferry departs at 1PM. The ferry is called the Badger and is 400 ft long.
It is 9:10 now and I think I can get this completed at sent home and answer my e-mail by 10:30, bye-bye! pics
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