Today was a reprise of day 1, only we are two weeks wiser. We left Fort Wayne at the crack of 11. As we left town, our impressions were aromatic. Bread baking in the distance, laundry drying, new mown grass, eggs frying. As we moved into the countryside, the odors became more barnyard.
Our RideWithGPS route out of town was pleasant, but the suggested route 30 was rather busy. Roy consulted Google and found a slightly longer route on the 1928 Lincoln Highway that actually provided small towns just when we needed them.
The clouds thickened as the day wore on. When they started leaking, we were only 4 miles from our destination, Warsaw. This time, instead of riding through the rain, we started looking for shelter. All of your good wishes for us paid off. We discovered a picnic pavilion for a public golf course with a snack bar and restroom attached.
As the storm rolled in, we watched the golfers driving their carts off the course and the pool close. One man gave us advice on the best way into town and where to eat.
When the rain broke, we suited up and headed for town. Two miles away the streets were dry.
We found a Hampton Inn with a Bennigan's across the street. We had to eat there for old times sake. Our waitress carded us! What a thrill.
The highlight of our day was a visit from Paige and Chase, friends from home. They'd been to a wedding in Chicago and were driving home. They detoured a little to cross paths. We laughed the whole time we were together, and they graciously agreed to transport several pounds of stuff that we decided we could live without.
All in all a great day!