Amazing what a good night sleep can do for your body. After struggling through yesterday, I slept over nine hours last night and was ready to go. However, Mother Nature wasn’t quite ready for us to leave early this morning as we had one final thunderstorm rolling through Defiance, OH. It gave Matt and I a chance to enjoy a leisurely morning and we finally hit the road at 11:10a after the final traces of the storm had left. The storm did leave Matt and I a couple of gifts as the temps never got above the mid 80’s today and we had a 15 mph tailwind all day. While yesterday we had struggled to average 17 mph, today we easily averaged 21 mph with little effort. What a difference a day makes!
Today we also started following the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier route. Adventure Cycling is an organization that specializes in cross country cycling travel and has a number of published suggested cycling routes. One of the nice things about following their route was we didn’t have to worry about dirt roads. The road out of Defiance to Napoleon was ranked as one of Harley Davidson’s top scenic roads in America to ride. It was beautiful with big trees and ran right along the river. What a great way to start the day. Shortly after leaving Napoleon, Matt and I reached our 3,000 miles ridden milestone. Sure seems like a long ways!
We then continued on to Grand Rapids, OH for lunch. We found a cool cycling museum but since it was Sunday they were closed so we could only look in the windows. We then had a wonderful lunch on the deck overlooking the river at a nice little restaurant. Sure didn’t seem like we were in the middle of Ohio. In fact when we left, Brenda liked Grand Rapids so much she stayed and meandered through the shops.
Matt and I then enjoyed our tailwind and rode through Bowling Green and ended the day in Fremont, OH after 85 miles of riding. FYI, Fremont was the home of Rutherford B. Hayes the 19th president of the U.S. We went to the home and presidential library but by the time we got there they were closed so we just walked around the grounds. Since we had such a late start to the day, we didn’t finish our riding until 5p.
After a quick shower we went to the top rated diner called Tackle Box 2 located on the river. This was a hole-in-the-wall kind of place and their specialty was fried Perch. When Matt asked them what beers they had on draft the waitress looked at him and said they weren’t that formal and would he like his beer from a bottle or can. The three of us went with the flow and had a fun time and the fried Perch was VERY good. In fact they gave us a box of their special batter so Brenda can make some when wee get home!
The internet at the Days Inn in Fremont, OH is not the best so I’m having issues uploading the photos. I’ll try to upload them in the morning before we leave.