Yesterday's east wind that someone said would bring in rain and cooler temmperatures appeared this morning to have brought only more wind. The wind today was from the south and, of course, a lot of the route had us heading into the south. So once again the afternoon part of the ride really stretched the lungs and leg muscles to push against the wind and some uphills, too, that greeted us on the way into Marshalltown. The temperatures were triple digits, as well.
But now we can rest knowing another day has been conquered. And what is that sound as darkness falls and we are here in our tent? Wow, it's actually raining. And what a wonderful cool breeze the rain has brought. The forecast is that it won't be a significant amount of rain but it will bring much cooler air for tomorrow's ride.
Before this week had started I had been dreading tomorrow's ride. It's the longest of the week and 84.8 sounded like an awful lot of miles. But after strengthening my leg muscles battling the winds yesterday and today I feel more than ready for the challenge.