Total Trip Miles: 782
It's our first full day of touring together, and Jake and I are starting to find our groove. Up until Day #18, I had been traveling by myself. Now that I have a biking partner for the next few weeks, things are...different.
Prior to this trip, Jake's touring resume consisted of only two one-night bike trips. He's a brave guy to bite off a three-week adventure. Let alone, with me.
Jake is quickly learning a lot about touring. I've been offering some suggestions, such as wearing a bandana under the helmet to prevent sunburn to the forehead and scalp.
|Sunburn protection instantly transforms Jake into a gangster.|
Other things are best learned by oneself, in a trial-and-error fashion, such as how best to pack one's panniers.
One definite benefit of having a touring buddy is having someone to take photos of you.
|Jake captures a photo of my better side. Welcome to Wisconsin!|
|Drinking from the lion's mouth in Amery.|
Jake and I are taking many more breaks than I would typically take biking on my own.
|I'm learning that Jake likes to transform himself into a nearly half-naked man at stops. I'm okay with that.|
Jake has a great skill for sniffing out good rest stops, particularly ones with nice views.
|Our lunch stop, at a beautiful lake.|
|I could stay in this moment forever.|
For each of these breaks, we have spent a bit more time lolly gagging than I typically would on my own. Which, again, is fine by me.
|Ah, there's nothin' better than soaking the feet in a cold lake on a hot day.|
And, as it turns out, Jake is teaching me a thing or two about touring, such as how wonderful it is for every day to include some sort of water therapy.
|Wading in the Beaver Dam Lake.|
As we're spending more time on the road, and as we're spending more time enjoying each other's company at camp, I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to keep up with this blog.
Fortunately, I've also learned that Jake requires more sleep than I do on tours. So, as he enjoys his dreams in his sleeping bag next to me, I'm catching up on some posts.
I'm liking this groove. As Simon and Garfunkel would say, we're feeling groovy.