Day 62 - Peru, IN to Huntington, IN 12.09.2015
Today was a strange day, "mixed pickles" I like to call it. I slept in, it was cold and uncomfortable, my quads were still hurting - I definitely needed a break, but the camp in Peru was not inviting ... And I was kept awake this time by a dog who every other hour came back to look for food and started whining and wimping. Didn't get off until 9:30 (Indiana time, I had missed that I had already crossed another time zone and my clock said 8:30 - only my Garmin was right, of course... )
All during my ride I was listless and couldn't set my mind to doing a long distance. So in Huntington I decided to check in with the YMCA so see if I could do some laps and stretch my muscles decently, and that was a wonderful experience. 10 bucks is steep for an hour's swim, I thought, but see what I got: The nice pool attendant lent me swimming goggles (I lost mine somewhere); I did 85 laps insteasd of the usual 80 in a lane all to myself to compensate for the 25 yards instead of meters to complete the 2 km; After that I got a nice half hour in the sauna; I had a nice chat with the local bike shop owner who asked me if my bike needed anything when he heard at the desk that I was the owner of that "interesting" bike outside ; and finally I watched a "tug o'war"-competition in this year's "Battle of the Businesses" in Huntington.
Very relaxed, I went to eat a hamburger and then rode 5km to the city's campground only to find that it was closed. Mist! (sorry, German!) (Dave from Down Under would have written "strewth!", I believe ...)
So I had to go up the hill again to the highway and checked into a motel which I definitely had not planned on. The receptionist made me a special price (my face must have told her stories!) and I found out that the campground was closed due to too many floods in the summer. Speaking of which: it is definitely over, the nights and the early mornings are getting colder by the day.
I seriously have to take a day off but I haven't really found the right spot. Maybe I should take advantage of a rare YMCA center ... but that would mean another motel night. Hmm.
... and again, I didn't delete the previous data; this is getting embarrassing. However, the reason is that the electrical connection between my Garmin and the pc is on the verge of breaking every time I plug it in. So, if I save the track, it asks me if I want to delete the current data. But I've already lost one in the saving process and that is why I say "no"; I might have to save / export it again later. It would really not be nice to lose my data due to a defective plug connection! But here is a new cumulative map, this time without the irritating colours:
Day 62- Huntington, Indiana
Did anyone forget to take away this sign?
The Battle of The Businesses - a fun meeting in the community of Huntington every year!