Day 2: Atlantic to Carroll - 64.69 miles
On my Day 1 post I mentioned I had never climbed so much in one day. That record was short lived. Today was even more hills.
The day started off foggy but most of it burned off quickly. I pulled into the town of Elk Horn looking for some breakfast. There was a big windmill, military vehicles, and mermaids! I opted to support the fire department by eating their biscuits and gravy and pancakes. Unfortunately it took a while to get through the line, and that was only for the biscuits and gravy. You had to get back in a much longer line for the pancakes.
Entering the town of Templeton I had an opportunity to shift into the big ring up front. A horrible noise started and the chain started slipping. A $5 stop at a mobile bike shop had me on my way again. I rode past the Templeton Rye plant, who were happily giving samples and tours. I declined both - it wasn't going to get any cooler, and I didn't need any alcohol in me at all while riding.
It was another very hot & humid day. The hills never quit. Some of these are quite big, too - 9-10%ers. Way more than I'm used to. The hills leading into the town of Willey (pop. 103) were insane. Still, it was very beautiful terrain - much more interesting than I'm used to.
The campground for Pork Belly Ventures was at Swan Lake State Park, a few miles outside Carroll. I got in early enough for a prime spot for my tent - up against a 15-20 tall/wide bush, which would at least keep the tent in the shade for the remainder of the day. Still, shade cannot help the humidity.
Upon getting into Glenwood on Saturday I had scheduled a 30 minute massage for after Monday's ride. I figured I'd need it after two days of more hills than I had ever dealt with before. It was definitely worth it.
I had purchased the optional dinner for tonight and was glad I did - the shuttle service seemed erratic and there were no other food options at the State Park. $10 got me a pork chop, corn on the cob, potatoes, and several different salads.
I caught the first set of a band before heading to the tent.
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