We started out the day with a tail wind. Yay. But there were clouds and the weather forecast was full of potentially sporadic thunderstorms. We kept stopping so I could add or subtract clothing.
Vermillion was a darling little town, but they missed a branding opportunity. All their signs were blue and gold. It was the kind of town with a specialty olive store, but the cafe on the corner didn't open until 11.
People were really nice to us today. We stopped under the awning of the Angry Bull Steak House, to add rain gear. We would have had lunch, but they didn't open until 4 p.m. A fellow with the key to the place drove up, and although he couldn't serve us lunch, he offered us water and restrooms.
At lunch, we heard the term "pop" used to describe soft drinks for the first time on this trip. (Maybe it was because it was the first time I wanted such a drink.)
After we turned south away from Lake Erie, the headwinds were gruesome. They brought cloudless skies, but a lot of suffering.
Roy ran out of water mid afternoon, and there was no town in sight. He approached two young women outside of their garage, and asked for water. They very generously gave us 4 or 5 bottles of water, 2 or 3 of which he drank while chatting with them. (They refused to give us tap water because they were on a well and didn't think we'd like the taste.)
A short time later, we encountered this sign:
We had to walk our bikes around the truck and a backhoe that had turned the road into a shoulder to shoulder hole over a car's length long and a foot deep. The workers were very accommodating about our going around their work site, and one greeted us with "Are you going to California?" Surprised, we said "yes" and asked how he knew. "Are you coming from Maine?" Well, no. Then he explained a cross country bicyclist who started in Maine had come through earlier in the day. Roy showed the worker our ACA map, and said he'd better finish up because this road was on the route.
We saw lots of corn, soybeans, and grains (wheat?). Whenever we passed a farmhouse, there was a noticeable break in the side wind. The few trees planted close to the road were a wonderful relief.
Yesterday we rode too long because we didn't have hotel reservations. Today we rode too long because we did. Maybe tomorrow we will get it just right.