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Hello Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa

2015-09-11

tl;dr: I left home and headed west to Illinois to Wisconsin to Illinois to Iowa on farm roads and bicycle trails.

Off I go yet again. The cat that lives in my house might miss me (or at least the consistent feeding schedule), but my Aunt has promised to deliver food. I have no life (as in "how can that which has no life be killed?"), so after my previous trip I immediately began making plans for another. I ordered a bunch of parts and built up a new bicycle from scratch. I outfitted a Montague folding frame with a NuVinci N360 drivetrain. So far I'm pretty happy with it.

It's amazing how far you can go in a straight line across southern Wisconsin without coming to a town. I had the roads to myself. It was great. But the hills! Up, down, up, down, barking lab, up, down.

I crossed into Iowa at Dubuque, and I took the Heritage Trail north out of town watching the surrounding houses improve in quality with every mile. The trail saw lots of use, especially by training high-school students.

I pushed 66 miles today. That might have been a bit much. I found a place to camp beneath limestone cliffs along the Little Maquoketa River two hours before sunset. Because I was out of strength, that's why. I didn't bother setting up my tent, but laid it out like a tarp and slept on top of it. It seems there may be raccoons living in these cliffs. I hope they leave me alone.

preparing for my next trip


coming together


parts are fitting


Wisconsin dairy farms




Welcome to Illinois


Welcome to Iowa


deer on the Heritage Trail


sleeping beneath limestone cliffs


tree frog by my sleeping bag

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