August 4, 2014
We wake at 5:30 and we have a room breakfast as nothing is open this early. Trevor went to KFC last night and got some chicken. We ate the biscuits, potatoes and gravy last night. I haven't had cold KFC for years and I didn't miss much. We hit the road at 6:30 ish and stop at a gas station to get some chocolate milk and a banana. We rode alongside the Mississippi River for about half the ride. I knew it was a big river but seeing it in person is something else. We had beautiful blue clear skies this morning but we also knew that the forecast called for storms later in the day. We stopped at MCD's 'Prairie de Chien" in for lunch so now that I think about it my eating for the day is shameful. Bolze had a flat as we exited the "restaurant" so we fixed it up lickety split. Our stop at the clown house was 1 hour 20 minutes. A bit too long and I had storm in my mind. We almost had 100 km by lunch and I felt pretty good about our progress. It was very hot but the clouds were coming in and we had just started to climb. Rolling hills covered with corn. At about the 130 km mark we stop in a bar in the middle of no where and refilled our water bottles. We made it to Dickeyville and decided our luck had run out. The rain started and we got a motel for the night. The Plaza motel is a little gem in this town. Bella, the owner is from Scotland and has run the motel with her husband for 25 years. $52.00 a night tax in :) The skies open and we are both happy with our decision to avoid the monsoon. We would have been somewhere between Dickeyville and Dubuque ( dub-uke). we would have been soaked and then all the headaches that come with drying wet gear. I have a quick face-time session with my girls and then Bolze and I walk down to the grocery store for food. We decide to buy bread, turkey, and cheese. we do a room supper and settle in for Men in Black.