The day started on a high note. I’ll say that much.
Field of Dreams was only a half mile off my route.
Kris and I had been there with a small group from work in 1990 (I think). It is still just a donation to get on/near the field.
Things are a bit more commercialized these days. There’s a concession stand, souvenir shop, you have to pay to go near the house, and they have a major league stadium ready to host Yankees and White Sox in August. You can see the lights beyond the corn.
Construction workers were busy on the stadium. Couldn’t get close to that.
This is the house from the movie.
It was a fun stop. I was there for about a half hour and then time to pedal.
Stopped at the Cascade Cafe for lunch at about the 28 mile mark. John, the owner, was flabbergasted by what I was doing. Bought my lunch. Also gave me $20 for charities and a mdiner gave me $4!!
At bike shop in Alexandria they said Gerty’s chain was a bit stretched. She’s starting to slip a bit in high gear so I called bike shop in Muscatine and made an appointment for 9AM tomorrow.
Muscatine is 80 miles from where I had lunch so I targeted Wilton, about 20 miles short of there.
Hard afternoon of riding but I got there about 6PM. That’s when things went bad.
Motel I was hoping to stay at is closed. Got picked up for doing 20 mph in a 15.
Actually didn’t get picked up. Asked officer if there was a place I could pitch my tent in town. He was super nice and escorted me to a town park.
Went to set up my tent and it’s broken. Back in MT I had to do some repair work on stretch cord that holds poles together. It was fine at Mr. Bloom’s but was not fine here. Tried to jigger it together but only made it worse. It’s now totaled.
Tonight I’m sleeping in a low rider!
I’m writing this from inside my tent. Not easy to get into and I’m guessing difficult to get out of. Also 0 headroom!!
Stephen King, on his best days, couldn’t make this stuff up. Here’s to better days.