I read Marie's post of yesterday and she held back on you, dear readers. We were so desperate for a hotel room yesterday that we made a phone reservation here:
I told her, it's a dump, but she said "as long as I don't get bedbugs". What happened to our 400 thread count sheet standard? It took us 1.5 hours to cycle there. The reception area was all plexiglass with hand-lettered signs saying "must have ID, must pay in advance, etc.". The innkeeper recommended that we inspect the room before we rented, and it was awful! Obviously I have led a sheltered life. At that point Trip Advisor came to the rescue, and there was a Day's Inn only 2.9 miles away, with a room.
We got a late start waiting for the overnight rain to clear up. The ACA route took us along Lake Erie for another 20 miles or so, through the lovely town of Vermillion, pictured below:
You can see it's a classic. Public comfort stations built in 1912 and still in excellent condition. Continuing on the demographics declined a bit from the ritzy lakefront mansions. Here's a business you don't see too often;
It's Your Journey, LLC is the corporate name.
Marie has her rain gear on as we head for the sunny patch. You can see some rain falling. We got some sprinkles but no real rain.
Boy are these roads ever straight! And flat! It would have been easy except for the 20 mph headwind all day. At times I was dropping down to 7-8 mph as opposed to a normal pace of 12-14 mph. It was exhausting.
There are lots of old cemeteries but check out the sky! At this point we are getting fried as well as being blown backwards. The photo is beautiful but we were suffering. Marie took the brim off her helmet because it was pulling her helmet off.
At 50 miles we we both ready to quit, but got on a sheltered bike path and were able to do another 18 miles or so to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Fremont where we had a reservation. We ate dinner at Wild Wings, where I could actually count 32 television screens from where I was sitting. None of them tuned to the History Channel!
As you all know, Fremont hosts the presidential library of Rutherford B. Hayes, so that's #1 on tomorrow's agenda. No, that is not a joke.