CLAYTON, Ill. -- Ross Benton loaded the photo card into his laptop and waited patiently for everything to download. "Last time I did this, I had more than 500 images," he said. "Three were worth looking at." Those three told one heck of a story.
If the joy of summer has swept you away and the thought of doing anything on a chilly October morning makes you cringe, it's understandable. You have to enjoy beautiful weather when you can. But you can't get so overwhelmed by savory temperatures...
Day 3 can be summed up with the word "perfect." The Winterset to Indianola section of the route is the shortest day at only 40 miles with the whole day to go and only three-and-half hours on the bike in front of us.
After a cold and hilly ride on Sunday, which was fun despite my not one but two flat tires from a piece of metal I picked up somewhere, Monday dawned as a beautiful day. Blue skies full of puffy clouds and highs in the low 80s. That is perfect cycling weather.