Got going without my shower. Since I took a bike
path to Gilbert I was totally disoriented. I got
directions to Hw 53 which was the opposite way my
The shoulder of 53 stayed but it was incredibly
bumpy. My bike was going ba-boom ba-boom for hours.
Coming into Duluth I got a sub, groceries and a
Dairy Queen blizzard. They had the Nerd flavour
which excited me, because it was discontinued in
The walls of these gas stations are covered in
hundreds of moths. Just resting the bike against
the wall squishes a bunch. In a gas station
washroom I noticed a moth sitting on my shoulder.
That seems to happen a lot. People pointing out a
large crawling on me. Oh well, moths don't bite so
I don't really care.
It was hot today... and it was hot yesterday. I
guess I am never happy with the weather. In
hindsight I realize the cool days I had in the
mountains were great... but it was still too cold
into Duluth was lots of construction. There was
also a Hardee's burning to the ground. I tried to
get a picture but there was too much smoke.
Duluth it took sometime to figure out how to cross
to Superior. Hw 53 eventually turns into an
interstate Hw which bikes are restricted from. I
got directions to a second bridge that has a
sidewalk. It was a very large bridge, maybe the
biggest on the trip.
Now I am in Wisconsin. The road Hw 2 was turned
red. I am guessing it is partially made of brick.
The shoulder is narrower but smoother than Hw 53. I
can't believe Hw 53 did not give me a flat tire.
Good tires are worth every penny.
Campgrounds are harder to find in the US but I
found one in Brule behind the Motel. Some kids
drove by and called me an A-hole and some old man
honked at me angrily today.
In Wisconsin a few kilometer ahead of me was a
bad car accident. Lots of police cars. The car
being towed away was demolished. Later the tow
truck passed me as it was dragging the car,
scraping along with it's flat wobbly tires.
I've had good winds the last 2 days but since I
have not had a rest day since Kelowna BC my legs
can't get into the 200's anymore. Still I am making
food time. I will be in Michigan tomorrow and maybe
Sault Ste Marie the next?
I've decided that Provincial/State campgrounds
suck. I have never stayed at one because they are
often many kilometers off the highway. I like the
private campgrounds just off the road with showers.
Camping doesn't seem too popular around here. I am
the only one tenting.
I passed the grossest dead deer yet. This one
was covered in a cloud of flies.