Today has been catch up day for Matt and myself. We both slept until after 7a which was a real luxury! We enjoyed our Peet’s coffee and spent the morning catching up on emails, downloading photos, checking in with home, etc. We’re going through a bit of a withdrawal with no Chris’s Cakes, Tender Tom’s or Beekman’s. It’s just as well as it’s time for Matt and I to shift gears and start focusing on the final 3 weeks of our trip. Brenda’s also making the transition from rider to SAG driver. Tomorrow will be an adjustment for all of us.
This afternoon we went to Jimmy John’s (Midwest sandwich shop) for lunch and then did our one activity of the day and visited the Sawmill Museum in Clinton, IA. Now you know it’s been a few days since we were in the world capital of something so much to our relief, Clinton, IA is the World Lumber Capital of the World! Of course this was a title from the late 1800’s and there’s no active sawmills now but heck they’re keeping the title even though Bangor ME, Tacoma WA, Williamsport PA, Saginaw MI to name a few also stake claim to the title. Perhaps they should have a lumberoff to determine the real Lumber Capital of the World.
The museum was quite interesting and in the late 1800’s Clinton, IA had more millionaires than anywhere else in the nation due to the high demand for their sawmills. I can tell you from cycling through Clinton that I think there are no millionaires left. We then drove by a few of the old lumber barons estates but they weren’t available for tours. After our big activity for the day we’re now back at the hotel (a Comfort Inn this time) and planning/reviewing the routes for the next three days that take us across Illinois and Indiana to Winona Lake to meet our friends at the lake house of Brad and Lisa Blackwell. Nice to know after our week-long party at RAGBRAI we have another party with good friends in 4 days!