Day # 23
Miles Covered Today: 81
Hours on The Road: 7:45 (including breaks)
Miles Traveled Since Beginning: 1,327
Where We Are: Madison, WI (route completed so far is shown above)
Day Overview: Long-distance cycling trips are unpredictable.
We can plan and prepare for them, but inevitably things come up that you haven’t expected and ones that can affect the most diligent preparations.
We’ve reached a situation like that today. Regrettably, Anna had a personal medical issue that will require her to take a temporary break from cycling to recover.
However, as the tour is on a strict schedule with events planned and commitments made throughout the remaining time, the progress does need to go on.
With that in mind, the decision was made for me to continue our progress forward as planned. Anna will reconnect with me in a few days as soon as she is fully recovered. We’ll aim for Des Moines as the rendezvous point, but we’ll have to play it by the ear over the next few days. Luckily, she has friends who live a bit outside of Madison that she will be able to stay with during this period.
We certainly look forward to continuing our tour together shortly, but for the time being, we’ll make do with the circumstances that have presented themselves and adjust as needed.
p.s. On a bright side, the wallet lost a few days ago was recovered! It was found and picked up by a gentleman shortly after it was dropped, who took the trouble to find our contact information and reach out to us the next day, so he can mail it! And, as we later discovered, he has 3 daughters – all named Anna! Must be fate. Thank you, Rolando C. – if you’re reading this.
Also, special thanks to our Airbnb hosts last night in Milwaukee, WI, Mike and Laurie, for their hospitality and flexibility and letting us stay an extra night while we were figuring out our plan of action!